Maha Akl is a freelance graphic designer based in Cairo, Egypt, specialized in Arabic type design and illustration. She earned her BFA in graphic design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. In her work, Maha tries to bridge her two interests, explore how both fields can enrich one another, and respond to today’s needs. Guided as well as inspired by the vast, diverse Arab and Islamic visual heritage and the natural world. This process is best displayed in her debut typeface Hudhud, which is originally made to respond to the need of a friendly Arabic typeface to work in harmony with organic hand drawn illustrations, with respect to the script grammar and structure.