NA­DINE CHAHINE, type de­signer “A VE­HI­CLE FOR A LARGER CON­VER­SA­TION ACROSS CULTURES”

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“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.

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