The notion of contemporaneity in Arabic type is a fairly recent and debatably vague one. The prevailing dichotomy is between those who believe Arabic type should stay as close as possible to its calligraphic form and those who believe in a clear cut between the two disciplines. As the field still lacks a substantial foundation, open conversations and research, efforts remain largely on an individual level. Within this context, Kristyan’s path led him to analyse the script thoroughly and to consistently explore virgin territories. He will talk about his own journey seeking contemporary expressions of the Arabic script through his type design projects and his involvement in education.