Tarek Atrissi

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Beirut born Tarek Atrissi is one of the most recognised designers in the Arab world. He runs his multi-disciplinary design studio, Tarek Atrissi Design- with offices in Holland and in Barcelona- specialising in Arabic typography, design and branding (www.atrissi.com). His typographic and cross cultural design approach produced projects that left a significant influence on the contemporary graphic design landscape in the Middle East.

Atrissi holds an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York; a Masters of Arts from in Interactive Multimedia from the Utrecht School of the Arts in Holland; and a postgraduate degree in Typeface Design from the type@cooper program of the Cooper Union New York. His awards includes the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, TDC, and The Dutch Design Award, among others.

Tarek’s clients included the V&A museum in London; the BBC; The Arab Thoughts Foundation; Estee Lauder and the Government of Qatar. He designed custom Arabic typefaces for major brands in the Middle East, including “Mathaf” the Arab Museum of Modern Arts in Qatar; Saudi Arabia’s telecommunication company (STC) and Al-Ghad newspaper in Jordan. His non-custom Arabic fonts are distributed through the Arabic typography portal: www.arabictypography.com

He lectures internationally about Arabic visual culture and has taught at the department of Art, Media and Technology at the Utrecht School of the Arts in Holland. He has served as a jury member for international design competitions including the Magdalena Festival in Slovenia and the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

Atrissi holds the dual Lebanese and Dutch Citizenships. When he is not on Instagram, he is walking across the streets of different cities in the Arab world documenting its urban typographic landscape.