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Letters of Hope

To show support and solidarity for the people of Beirut, the international type design community came together to create a typeface that raised funds to support the victims of the Beirut explosion of August 4. The resulting typeface, Font Li Beirut is one that is drawn with love. It brings together a total of 161 designers and more than 300 Latin or Arabic glyphs in a variety of styles and flavors. The designs bond together so beautifully making this a unique typeface. This talk chronicles this international effort that went into this and looks at how structures of cooperation can spring up in a show of global solidarity.


Nadine Chahine

Nadine Chahine is an award-winning Lebanese type designer and principal at ArabicType Ltd. She has an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK, a PhD from Leiden University, The Netherlands, and a Master of Studies in International Relations from Cambridge University. She has received numerous awards, including two for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club (TDC) in New York in 2008 and 2011.

Chahine’s typefaces include Frutiger Arabic, Neue Helvetica Arabic, Univers Next Arabic, Palatino Arabic, and Koufiya. Her work was featured in the fifth edition of Megg’s “History of Graphic Design,” and, in 2012, she was selected by “Fast Company” as one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2016, Chahine’s work was showcased in the fourth edition of First Choice, which highlights the work of the 250 top global designers. In 2017, Chahine was selected by “Creative Review” as part of their Creative Leaders 50. In 2021, Nadine was elected to the board of the TDC.