69. Nadine Chahine

Type Designer of Linotype of Monotype Imaging, How To Fix A Social Ailment's Root Cause

The text below says fa-jii'a, a combined phrase roughly meaning "and it arrived."

Which is easier to read, the black or the blue type? That's the question Lebanese typeface designer Nadine Chahine--creator of some of the best-selling Arabic fonts--is trying to figure out. She developed these texts and uses computers to track people's eyes as they read them. It's relatively new work in Arabic; there's little research into which typefaces improve readability. And the stakes are high: "The Middle East has lower literacy rates," she says. "The best way to resolve our problems is to encourage people to read more."


  • 2000

    Graduates from American University of Beirut Lebanon with creativity award

  • 2005

    Starts work at Linotype

  • 2007

    Releases Linotype's Frutiger Arabic; the typeface is an immediate best-seller

  • 2011

    Featured in Meggs' History of Graphic Design

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