Dr. Sakkal is founder and principal of Sakkal Design in Bothell, Washington. After a career as an artist and architect, his firm has focused on Arabic calligraphy and typography since the 1990s; they have 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. Clients include National Geographic, Microsoft, Linotype, Adobe, and Bitstream among others. 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.