Meet the Managing Director

Everyone who knows me hopefully will agree that I am an optimist with a huge and enthusiastic love of life and a good sense of humour. I love travelling, have a lively and broad taste in music and consider myself a ‘people person’. I have successfully combined these characteristics and tastes with my passion for artworking. I now have over 30 years of experience in the creative and design aspects of the typography world of Arabic and all right to left languages. Throughout my career I have been recognised as someone who constantly strives to improve and learn new techniques.

I am well versed in all aspects of the artworking, typesetting, project management, printing and design. I have considerable international experience having been based in the Middle East for 6 years and now in the UK for 27. I have a proven track record as a consultant for major print projects involving Arabic with recognised companies and organisations such as Rolex, the BBC, UNESCO, OU Press, the World Bank, M&C Saatchi, McKinsey & Company and Bentley.

I started my career ‘on the shop floor’ and worked as a Arabic typesetter myself in a graphics house in Egypt in the mid-eighties. In the late eighties I moved to Dubai where I extended my traditional typesetting knowledge and set myself up for the desk-top publishing revolution which followed.

I am passionate about typography and, having lived and worked through the development of traditional artworking from its humble beginnings to its position of considerable commercial and social impact today, I am able to appreciate artworking and know the importance of attention to fine detail which is essential in order to produce work of high quality.

In 2001 I founded the company Papyrus Graphics which has gone from strength to strength working for many prestigious organisations in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Kurdish, Hebrew, Pushto, Indic, Eastern European, Chinese and of course Western European languages. I can confidently say that the Papyrus Graphics team prides itself on extra vigilance to ensure high quality work.

Throughout my years in typography and artworking I have led many teams ranging from overseeing the move from photographic equipment to the new Apple system in the late 80s to coordinating the work of significant sized teams involving translators, artworkers and designers as was the case when I was responsible for the localisation of all art work from POS to annual reports for Vodafone Qatar, The Louvre Abu Dhabi, Meydan and other major companies dealing in the Middle East.

This year we celebrate our 30th year of business, and look forward to sharing this success with you.


Medhat Singab