Politics of Arabic Type Design

Politics of Arabic Type Design
with Nadine Chahine

Lecture at SFPL Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Wed, Jan 29, 2020
6:00pm–7:30pm PT

Power. Politics. Identity. Typefaces embody the unspoken messages in our words, which is why it's more important than ever that typography represents the plurality of Arabic culture. Nadine's talk will argue that there's a place for both classical and modern lettering in contemporary language and presents her exploration of Arabic type design through key projects and milestones.

About Nadine Chahine

Dr. Nadine Chahine is an award-winning Lebanese type designer and principal at ArabicType Ltd. She has an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK, and a PhD from Leiden University, The Netherlands. She has numerous awards including two Awards for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York in 2008 and 2011. Her typefaces include: Frutiger Arabic, Neue Helvetica Arabic, Univers Next Arabic, Palatino Arabic, and Koufiya. Nadine's work has been featured in the 5th edition of Meggs’s History of Graphic Design and in 2012 she was selected by Fast Company as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2016 her work was showcased in the 4th edition of First Choice which highlights the work of the 250 top global designers. In 2017, Nadine was selected by Creative Review to their Creative Leaders 50.

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