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History Meets Design

A roundup of design related history starts now. History of Typography Check out this synopsis of the history of typography through a fun short paper-letter animation. It’s both entertaining and educational. In order to complete the animation, it…

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MEDEA Symposium in Jordan

The second annual MEDEA symposium was held April 4-5 in the welcoming city of Amman, Jordan. The thematic agenda for the symposium was a focus on the development of MEDEA’s strategic plan including, promoting and sharing research activities,…

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Field Study Japan

Japan has been at the top of my list in terms of places in the world I would like to visit for a long time now. The culture, the design, and the food have always called to…

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Expressive Arabic Typography

Arabic typography is growing and evolving in new and wonderful ways. Modern, traditional, cultural, and contemporary – there is much to explore in this exciting field of design. “Young designers in the MENA region have started to modernize…

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Mehdi Saeedi at VCUQ

I am thoroughly inspired by the work of Iranian typographer and calligrapher, Mehdi Saeedi. Not only is the breadth of his work impressive, but his ability to integrate contemporary graphic design with traditional Iranian calligraphy is exceptional….

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Sealine Qatar Field Study

The Senior graphic design students certainly delivered a fabulous location for the Department’s biannual in-country field study. Serving as the primary organizers of the trip, the students led the Department in a Bedouin-style adventure to discover Qatari…

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Type in Motion

From historic accounts to pure inspiration, typography is alive and well in the field of motion design. Sweeping Beauty Beautiful “Calligraffiti” (Calligraphy + Graffiti) by Niels Shoe Meulman swept onto the street. Lovely! Find out more at…

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DesignEd Asia 2013 at PolyU

I was (and am) extremely grateful for the opportunity to visit Hong Kong as part of my participation in the DesignEd Asia Conference held at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The conference was structured around the theme “Delimitation…

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MEDEA Board of Directors Symposium in Doha

The first MEDEA Board of Directors Symposium was a wonderful opportunity to meet with Art & Design educators from Egypt, Jordan, KSA, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, and UAE. Hosted by VCUQatar, the board met in Doha this November…

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Printers and Paper in Dubai

Looking for a printer or paper supplier in Dubai? It can be tough if you’re a new student or new to the UAE in general. We all want the perfect trifecta of good quality printing, reasonable prices,…

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Top 6 Sites for Infographics

Information graphics (or infographics) translate complex information, data, or knowledge into clear graphic visual representations. These graphics have become extremely popular in online journalism, but are also found in signs, maps, technical writing, education, and more. Check…

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Social Change Exhibition

This was an exciting month for our “Design for Social Change” course. Not only did we have the opportunity to share the topics we have been exploring in a formal exhibition, but the resulting children’s e-books received…

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DRS // CUMULUS in Oslo 2013

I recently had the unique opportunity to visit Oslo Norway for the 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers (jointly held by DRS and Cumulus) at the Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. The conference revolved around…

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Packaging Resources

istockpack istockpack allows you to find a template or dieline suited to your needs quickly and easily. And yes, you don’t have worry, all packages provided on this website are free. So, go ahead and browse the…

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Al Ain Field Trip

Last week our “Design for Social Change” class boarded a bus early in the morning as part of a day long adventure to Al Ain. The goal; to study a living oasis and understand approaches to sustainability…

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