Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès is the Founding Director of the Khatt Foundation and Khatt Books publishers. Based in Amsterdam, her professional, cultural, and educational activities extend from the US and Europe to the Arab World. She holds degrees from Leiden University (PhD, 2017), Yale University School of Art (MFA, 1990), and Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, 1987). She is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale, since 2015). She specializes in multilingual typographic research and design. She has published several books on Arabic typography and design, and contributes regularly with essays to academic and professional publications. She has taught design in Beirut, Dubai, and regularly conducts workshops worldwide. Since 2016, she supervises PhD candidates at Leiden University’s Arts Program. She works as an independent design curator, writer, designer, editor and publisher.