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An important component of the 2014-2015 academic year was the Tasmeem Doha biennial international conference (held from March 8-12). The 2015 edition focused on the theme of "playfulness" as expressed by the Arabizi word 3ajeeb! (ahh-jhee-b) meaning "strange in a strange...

MEDEA aims to foster dialog between the design industry and those who educate the next generation of designers by providing a platform for sharing ideas, challenges and opportunities. In responding to this platform, the Board of Directors of MEDEA developed a...

In February 2015, sixteen graphic design students participated in a field study to South Korea for nine days, which encompassed an investigation of design and culture in various important locations. This enriching experience, which mostly took place in Seoul, was...

We discovered another side of Qatar this February as we toured the sprawling estate of the Al Naimi Farm during our in-country field study. As part of the trip, we witnessed first-hand the different stages of plant growth, from the vegetative phase...

Super cool websites for typography and game lovers alike. There's nothing to do but dig into the fun!   Kern Me This online game that will help you learn the art of "kerning" - what a fun way to perfect your typographic eye! Your...

The first MEDEA Symposium held in Kuwait took place this December at the American University of Kuwait (AUK). Board Members from universities around the MENA region spent three days together conducting workshops and participating in roundtable discussions with design educators in...

The first Cumulus conference hosted in Africa took place this September in lovely Johannesburg at the Greenside Design Center (GDC) and the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA). The ‘Design with the other 90%: Changing the world by design’...

I had the unique opportunity to virtually present my research with Kelly Murdoch–Kitt at the AIGA Design Education Conference, New Ventures: Intersections in Design Education, held in Portland, Oregon. Our paper, titled “Click. Connect. Crit: Teaching global collaboration for international...

Throughout the 2012-2013 year, I conducted a collaborative project with my colleague, Kelly Murdoch–Kitt, on intercultural design exchanges in the University classroom. It is our belief that design educators must learn to develop and lead successful intercultural projects and exchanges for...

Hosted by the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, the Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons Conference focused on the intimate connections between environmental justice and sustainability. True sustainability can only be achieved when all communities have healthy air, water, food,...

Rome was an absolutely beautiful host city for the Ninth International Conference on the Arts in Society 'The Lives of Art' held at Sapienza University this June. The conference focused on the intersection of academia and social impact, bringing together interdisciplinary and...

DRS 2014: Design's Big Debates gave me an opportunity to experience the nightless nights and sunny days of a Midsummer in Umeå, Sweden. The main purpose of the Design Research Society's 7th Biennial Conference, hosted by Umeå Institute of Design, was to foster a...

Thanks to my research partners Kelly Murdoch–Kitt and Dr. Kelly Norris Martin, I was able to virtually attend the UCDA (University and College Designers Association) Annual Design Education Summit. Held in May of 2014, this summit for graphic design educators enables...

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 took Ben Barrett-Forrest from Forrest...

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, workshops and conferences. The...

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 me from across...

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 classical calligraphy by using...

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. On top of...