The Khatt Foundation Center for Arabic Typography just published an interview with Pascal Zoghbi, independent type designer, as part of their Multiple Baselines series. I really loved this quote of Pascal’s at the end of the interview:

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares: What is your advice for the younger generation of type designers from the region?
Pascal Zoghbi: I still consider myself part of the young generation of Arabic type designers, but I guess your question is what would be my advice for the beginner type designers. I would say first and foremost: learn, practice and understand Arabic calligraphy.

Read the full interview on the Khatt Foundation website.

Different stages of the Hamsa font design process.

Different stages of the Hamsa font design process. From http://www.khtt.net/.