Najla Badran is an independent typeface designer, researcher and instructor based in Egypt. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from the German University in Cairo, an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK which was funded by the Monotype Award and is currently pursuing her PhD on Diacritics in the Arabic script and typography at the University of Reading.
Najla has been teaching type design and typography for the past six years and often holds Arabic lettering and typography workshops. Her vision is to spread more knowledge about typographic solutions in Arabic using lettering and type design. She is interested in Arabic revival typefaces and inspiring modern Arabic typefaces from calligraphy.
American University in Cairo, Instructor Winter 2017 Type 1
German University in Cairo, Instructor Winter 2016 – Spring 2017 Latin Typeface Design, Arabic Typeface Design, Typography, Interaction Design, Layout
American University in Cairo, TA Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 Type I, type II, type III
German University in Cairo, TA Spring 2011 – Spring 2012 Arabic Typeface Design
2012 Khatt Foundation Arabic Type Design Workshop, Dubai
2009 Letterpress, Book Binding & Exhibition Design
2007 Arabic Calligraphy & Latin Calligraphy
Brand Bureau January 2014 – June 2014 Corporate identity, typography, typeface design, publication design, graphic design
Equinox Graphics December 2012 – January 2014 Corporate identity, typography, typeface design, graphic design
Fortune Promoseven September 2009 & June 2010 Graphic design, typography, logo design
Leo Burnett September 2010 Corporate identity, typography, graphic design
Mesh Phont Arabic Type Design for Beginners by Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares in 2012