Letter Man

May 9, 2008

As Arabic culture and populations continue to move across the globe, new opportunities are created for relevant design work. Alumnus Tarek Atrissi (MFA 2003 Design) has been at the forefront of those emerging opportunities, founding his own design studio in The Netherlands that focuses on contemporary Arabic typography and graphics. Since earning his degree at SVA, Atrissi has developed numerous Arabic typefaces for both print and online use, and a complete visual identity for the nation of Qatar.

In recognition of this and many other projects, the De Levante Foundation in Amsterdam is presenting “Arabic Graphics,” an exhibition of Atrissi’s work. The exhibition will feature a varied selection of work developed over the last 10 years in Dubai, Lebanon, The Netherlands, New York and Qatar, including posters, visual identities, typographic and calligraphic work as well as interactive design pieces. “Arabic Graphics” will be on view at the Foundation through Sunday, June 22.

Image: Tarek Atrissi, Poster Design for Amwaj Gathering: Arab Women rising for Justice, Chicago, 2006.

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