NADINE CHAHINE, type designer “A VEHICLE FOR A LARGER CONVERSATION ACROSS CULTURES”
“What vision guides your work?” – “To design a typeface family that encompasses both the Latin and Arabic scripts, one must treat them as equals.”
“You were the first type designer to embrace this idea. How did you come up with it?” – “I grew up in the Lebanese civil war and witnessed firsthand how destructive cultural and religious clashes can be. We need to accept our differences and find a way to live together in peace – on the page, on the screen and in real life.”
“Are you saying that a typeface can promote international understanding?” – “Exactly. Design is a vehicle for a larger conversation we need to have across cultures.”
In 2012, Nadine Chahine, 39, was included on the list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by the magazine Fast Company. She has received a variety of other awards, including two for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club in New York. Chahine lives in London.