Arabic Typography

Tarek Atrissi
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Beirut born Tarek Atrissi, now based in Holland, has gained a worldwide reputation for his cross–cultural design work, which has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum New York and is part of the permanent Design Collection of the Dutch Poster Museum in the Netherlands. His awards include among others the Type Directors Club’s, The Dutch Design award and Adobe Design Achievement awards. He is the founder of, the online communication platform for Arabic Type. Tarek speaks regularly at international Design conferences, events and universities worldwide. He has designed the visual identity for the country of Qatar, and his clients include MTV Arabia, BBC, Al–Ghad Newspaper in Jordan, and many other clients interested in a contemporary approach to Arabic design and typography. He is the co–author of “Visual Narratives from Arabia” published by UNESCO in 2008. During the logo (shop) exhibition El Hema, Tarek Atrissi designed the Arabic logo version of El Hema, and designed with Peter Bilak one of the five new Arabic fonts introduced in the project. Trying to connect Arabic fonts to Dutch culture, the HEMA was the chosen Dutch icon. Separately, he has designed several Arabic fonts widely in use in the Arab world.