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ISEA 2014 Launch

The Department had a great time at the official press/VIP launch of ISEA Dubai 2014 in Main courtyard at Al Fahidi SIKKA this evening. The event started at 4pm with guests arriving to enjoy delicious canapés. At…

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SIKKA 2013

We had a great time at the opening of the 2013 SIKKA Art Fair! Held in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood (formerly known as Bastakiya), the Art Fair showcases Emirati and Dubai-based artistic talent with special events…

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Printing Techniques

When working within the field of publication design, it is important to consider printing techniques that might enhance your final work. Not only can embossing, lamination, or letterpress breath life into a project, it can bring additional…

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Presentation Tips

Tried and true advice to help you build your presentation skills as a designer – a lifelong skill that involves sharing your work clearly, articulately, and with confidence. 1. Present with Confidence Everyone gets nervous, but try…

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Print Booklet to PDF in InDesign

If you’re looking for a workaround to create a PDF out of InDesign using the “Print Booklet” feature – you’re in luck. Here is the simple step-by-step process. Getting Started Please make sure you’re working in 4-page…

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Spreads + Bleeds

When you create a multi-page document InDesign and want to save it as a PDF for printing, there are a few things to keep in mind. You will want to save as “spreads” and you include bleeds….

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Playing Card Printing Process

Are you considering printing your playing cards professionally? If so, it is important to choose a printer that offers the kind customization you need. CHOOSE A PRINTER The good news is that many websites offer the option…

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Designing a Deck of Cards

A deck of cards may be used for playing a great variety of card games, with varying elements of skill and chance. Because playing cards are standardized and commonly available, they are also used for other purposes…

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Setting up a 4-Column Grid

Learning to set up a basic multi-column grid in InDesign is an essential component of publication design. It takes an understanding of typographic measurement and how you want your reader to interact with the written content. As…

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Hierarchy in Poster Design

A well-designed poster should grab your attention and be easily read/understood. Hierarchy can guide the eye of the viewer through your poster, starting with the element of the highest rank and continuing to those with lesser rank. Although…

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Design Days Dubai

As part of Art Week, the Type 1 and History of Design class went on a field-trip to “Design Days Dubai” held at a huge purpose-built venue at the foot of the world’s tallest tower (the Burj)….

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WordPress: Export and Import Blogroll

For the time being, I have decided to focus my blogging efforts on this site instead of splitting my time with the Green Mango Studio Blog (which I have been struggling to keep updated). But in doing…

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Arabic Type Design Workshop

I had an absolutely wonderful time participating in the intensive 5-day Arabic Type Design Workshop at Tashkeel. The Workshop was hosted by the Khatt Foundation and led by the talented Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Pascal Zoghbi and Lara…

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Tashkeel Field Trip

This week I had the pleasure of taking my Typography 2 class to see the Letters of Light Exhibition (Hurouf Al Noor) at the joint Gallery & Studio Tashkeel. The meaning of tashkeel التشكيل is “forming” or…

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Wood-Firing Pottery

During our (field)trip to Tashkeel today, we were fortunate to catch Assistant Professor Colleen Quigley in action as she taught a wood-firing pottery workshop in the courtyard. We joined the group as pottery pieces were being pulled…

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