On the podcast this week we catch up with Nadine Chahine, one of the foremost experts in Arabic type design. Rising up the ranks at foundry Monotype from intern to UK Type Director, the ridiculously driven Nadine has been entrusted with crafting Arabic versions of some of the world’s best-known typefaces, including Frutiger, Helvetica and Univers. In this time she has also become an expert in legibility, studying for a PhD alongside her role. But in 2018, after 13 years at Monotype, Nadine made the leap to work independently. She was exhausted juggling a demanding job and an MA in International Relations at Cambridge (her fourth degree!), and wanted the freedom to explore more political projects – something increasingly important to her practice. Here she explains how she made such a big career decision, reveals her unorthodox night owl schedule and gives advice on dealing with self-confidence, stress and burnout.