Nasri Khattar, A Modernist Typotect

Yara Khoury Nammour

Publisher Khatt Books

ISBN 9789490939069

Idea Code 14611

This series focuses on inspiring design achievements from the Arab world. Lebanese architect-typographer Nasri Khattar was motivated by the postcolonial project of modernity. As part of the 1930s language and script reform project in Cairo, he focused on the technological and aesthetic reform of Arabic script. With a reduced set of 30 Unified Arabic letters, he strove to democratise knowledge, making reading Arabic easier to learn, and the production and typesetting of Arabic texts more efficient. This richly illustrated monograph presents his life’s work, placing it within the context of the Arabic alphabet’s history and typographic evolution.

176 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, hb, Arabic/English


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