Dr. Nadine Chahine, UK Type Director and Legibility Expert, specializes in Arabic letterforms and legibility research

Nadine Chahine

The first designer to create a typeface with simultaneously designed and matching Arabic and Latin parts, Nadine Chahine is Monotype’s resident Arabic expert. She’s carried out extensive studies around legibility in partnership with MIT AgeLab, with a particular focus on type in glance-like conditions such as car dashboards.

Chahine studied Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut, and holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. She’s also completed a PhD at Leiden University in The Netherlands, which focused on investigating legibility and how it relates to Arabic script. Chahine worked closely with Hermann Zapf to develop Palatino Arabic, and also created Arabic versions of Frutiger, Helvetica and Zapfino. In 2016 she collaborated with Transport for London to direct the remastered design of the 100-year-old Johnston typeface.

  • Winner of several awards, including two for Excellence in Type Design from the Type Directors Club
  • Selected as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012
  • Carried out in-depth research into glance legibility, in particular its role in automotive environments

Frutiger Arabic®

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Palatino® Arabic

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Palatino Arabic

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In her words

“Typefaces are like people. There is the body and the soul. Every typeface is of two parts: an idea and its visual implementation”