Doctoral Researcher, Birmingham City University
Sahar Afshar is a type designer and researcher from Iran. Her interest in typography during her years as a student at the University of Tehran led her to the University of Reading, from which she holds an MA by Research in Typography & Graphic Communication. Since graduation, she has been working on the design, consultation and quality assurance of Arabic typefaces, as well as researching the printing of Arabic and Indic scripts.
Her thesis focuses on the historical establishment and subsequent development of Punjabi printing in post-war Britain, particularly in Birmingham and the Midlands. The study of these printing communities, their modus operandi and printed outputs, will assist in addressing wider issues relating to how ethnic communities established their own identities, and the role played by print in processes of cultural integration.