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Sadik Kwaish Alfraji is an Iraqi visual artist who credits the work of Expressionists Max Beckmann, Franz Marc, Emil Nolde in helping him translate his personal sadness, vulnerability, and longing into a universal language of humanism and hope. Through his poignant imagery, he shows how looking inward can be a way of reaching out.

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 so, I didn't...

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 Assouad Khoury. On the...

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 “shaping” and the...

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 from a large...

Today the University welcomed internationally renowned graffiti artist eL Seed to join students in the Art & Design Department in an intensive 3-hour graffiti workshop. el Seed worked with students to instill feelings of artistic agency and pride in creating...

An intensive 3 hour graffiti workshop will take place in front of main courtyard on Thursday, September 29th from 12-3 pm with internationally renowned graffiti artist eL Seed and Painting I students in the Art and Design Department. The desired outcome...

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN FABRIC PANEL (using print canvas and wooden frames) Recently I've been trying to work on projects at home that are honestly much more "crafty" than proper design. Admittedly it's a nice break from the computer and...

Interesting data visualization titled: Waste in Space about the massive amount of space garbage orbiting the planet earth. *Brought to you by my favorite peeps at GOOD & Column Five...

Who doesn't love TED and the insightful thinkers and doers that truly inspire us all? Like so many others, the words/stories/music of these amazing people make me feel empowered to do & help more in this ever shrinking world of...

This sounds like a fantastically fun design conference to attend! Weapons of Mass Creation Fest features 20 speakers, 20 bands, and 20 designers in what aims to be a premier event in the Midwest for creatives. It makes me wish I lived just a little bit closer so that driving didn't feel so unrealistic.
Celebrate the new year typographically with this fantastic calendar brought to you by Heather Lins Home! Printed on a  series of 12 sustainably-harvested wood veneer cards, there is one card per month. Each month is typographically interpreted and reminiscent of a type specimen book.

Did you know that Apple recently introduced letterpress as part of it's new Apple iLife '11 iPhoto features? How did I miss this early introduction? and better yet, what will designers think? "The newest thing in iPhoto uses a century's old...

I can't wait to get my hands on the new book Designing for the Greater Good, a book that features hundreds of illustrated examples of the best nonprofit and cause-related marketing and design worldwide. The book showcases work from a variety of sectors including Family and Community, Animal Causes, Health, Human Rights, Environmental Awareness, Spirituality, and the Arts. 
I'm loving the 'Biodiversity: Respect the Balance!' poster by Pedro Teixeira (for the IIDA Awards 2010). The poster is composed of a visual mosaic of fish, mammals, and plants to illustrate the importance of balance in our global ecosystem.
Axis Maps recently announced the release of their mapping / art project aptly titled Typographic Maps and I'm swooning. These unique maps accurately depict the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of downtown Chicago and Boston using nothing but type.

I Am Not an Artist Fantastically fun and entertaining series of animated gifs about non-stop design workers brought to you by I Am Not An Artist. The loading time to see each animation is slow, but I actually enjoy how the...

The theme for the Cooper Hewitt's Triennial program - "Why Design Now?" - is just what the doctor ordered. "Inaugurated in 2000, the Triennial program presents the most innovative designs at the center of contemporary culture. The fourth exhibition in the series explores the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields, from architecture and products to fashion, graphics, new media, and landscapes."