Mamoun Sakkal

Dr. Sakkal founded Sakkal Design in Bothell, Washington. His firm has focused on Arabic calligraphy and typography since the 1990s and has received several awards for calligraphy, graphics, and type design including four awards of excellence from the Type Directors Club of New York and one from IRCICA in Istanbul. Sakkal Design was commissioned to design the corporate Arabic typefaces for Burj Khalifa and Armani Hotel in Dubai, and several of his Arabic fonts are now widely used as Windows system fonts. Dr. Sakkal’s interest in Kufic calligraphy started in the 1970s and culminated in the comprehensive study titled Square Kufic Calligraphy in Modern Art, Transmission and Transformation for which he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington in 2010.