Lara is an independent Arabic type designer & typographer based in Amsterdam. Since 2005, she embarked on a long, silent road to discover the history and mechanics of the Arabic script with one constant aim: The wish to create Arabic typefaces that spring from the graphic heritage of Arabic writing yet transform the past in search for modernity.
Since March 2015, Lara has been designing an Arabic typeface family in the ACE layout engine as well as OpenType with partial support from the Creative Industries Fund NL. She regularly speaks at type conferences and design events around the world such as ISType (Istanbul, 2015) and AtypI (São Paulo, 2015, with Kristyan Sarkis). And in March 2016, Lara has co-founded the Arabic Type Design - Beirut program along with her partner in the project Kristyan Sarkis.
Lara holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut , a Masters in Advanced Typography from the Escola de Disseny i Art [Barcelona, 2011], and a Certificate in Type Design from the Cooper Union [New York, 2012]. She taught design and typography at the American University of Beirut between 2006 and 2013 then moved to The Netherlands where she became an apprentice in DecoType’s ACE technology for Arabic type.
And this is a short film made by Elias Moubarak and Myriam El Hage about the Arabic Type Design - Beirut intensive program for Arabic type design.