Mamoun Sakkal, PhD, designs communication solutions for major national and international corporations. He has received awards in calligraphy, graphics, and type design, including three awards of excellence from the Type Directors Club of New York and one from IRCICA, Istanbul.
Dr. Sakkal's work includes design of the corporate Arabic typefaces for Burj Dubai (now Burj Khalifa) and Armani Hotel in Dubai, and Awan Newspaper in Kuwait.
He has been the Arabic typography specialist for Microsoft since 2001, and several of his Arabic fonts are used as Windows system fonts. Other clients include Adobe, Bitstream, Linotype, National Geographic and TripleInk, among others.
Dr. Sakkal studied art at the Plastic Arts Center in Aleppo and has degrees from the University of Aleppo and the University of Washington in Seattle, and Ph.D. in Islamic art history from the University of Washington—thesis on Square Kufic calligraphy in modern art and design. He has lectured on Islamic art, Arabic calligraphy and Arabic typography at universities and conferences in the United States, Canada, England, Dubai, Syria, and Uzbekistan.