Lara Captan is an independent Lebanese designer based in Amsterdam. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut (2006), a Masters in Advanced Typography from the Escola de Disseny i Art (Barcelona, 2011), and a certificate in type design from the Cooper Union (New York, 2012). She taught design and typography at the American University of Beirut between 2006 and 2013 then moved to The Netherlands where she became an apprentice in DecoType’s ACE (‘Arabic Calligraphic Engine’) technology for Arabic type. Since 2005, she knew she wanted to become an Arabic type designer but refused to design any typeface before having sufficient knowledge over the history and mechanics of the script. Ten years of experimentation have passed and she is now working on an ACE-engined Arabic type family, with support from the Creative Industries Fund NL. She was also a speaker at ISType (Istanbul, 2015) and co-speaker at AtypI (São Paulo, 2015).