Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares

Typographer, graphic designer, researcher and writer.


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Working with whatever means and talent I have to make design a meaningful and positive part of people's lives (specially in the Arab world).

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, was born in Beirut. Author of Arabic Typography: a comprehensive sourcebook (Saqi Books, London, 2001), Experimental Arabic Type (Saatchi & Saatchi, Dubai, 2002), and a number of articles on multilingual communication in the Middle East. She holds degrees in graphic design from Yale University School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, and specialises in bilingual typographic research and design. She has worked as a designer for a number of years, in the us, Amsterdam, France and Beirut. She has taught typography and graphic design at the American University of Beirut. She was the Chair of the Visual Communication Department for three years at the American University in Dubai and taught design and typography until July 2008. She is founder and director of the Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography ( Amsterdam). She is currently pursuing a PhD at Leiden University, while practicing as design consultant and typography specialist and running projects of the Khatt Foundation.


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