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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 culture through food,...

One of my favorite movies showing the interconnected nature of the environmental, social, and humanitarian issues that are at our doorstep: Home.

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 unruly gallery and Niels Shoe Meulman's...

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 – Creating with...

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 to map the...

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, and fast service....

The New York Times has a special fashion magazine that constantly redefines the trademark "T" using photography, illustration, and pattern. In this men's issue, the designer Olivier Theyskens transformed New York City into the "T" using satellite images of the city. Read all about the process of reshaping New York into the letter "T" titled "Over Abundance."

Annie Leonard's back with an animated video called the "Story of Solutions." "In the current 'Game of More', we're told to cheer a growing economy -- more roads, more malls, more Stuff! -- even though our health indicators are worsening, income...

One of my dearest friends recently shared the following two projects on the topic of the foreclosure crisis in the United States. Each exposes the magnitude of the problem in tangible, meaningful ways that cannot go overlooked.

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 out my top 6...

Loving this project in Bristol titled Hello Lamp Post as a way to engage the city in a platform of play. "This is an opportunity to rediscover your local environment, share your memories of the city and uncover the stories that other people leave behind.
This video titled "I forgot my phone" is for Hajar who may be looking at this as a topic for the course. It makes you wonder, are we connected to our phone or to the people around us? Can we improve our habits to live in the moment, not the virtual moment?

I recently stumbled upon an advertising campaign created by Happycentro (a creative studio based in Verona, Italy) and just had to share. I love their use of objects to create the typography and the fact that all the layouts were...

Beautiful and inspiring way to spread the message about clean water from Kenya. There's a 1 in 5 chance Nkaitole won't reach the age of 5 due to unsafe drinking water. So the folks at "The Gift of Water" helped him complete his bucket list. As a result of their efforts, Nkaitole's entire village and three other villages around his, all got a point of use, bucket water purification system for each home. In October, Nkaitole's village will have a well drilled so they have a constant source of clean water.
Whether it’s the beginning of the semester or a new year, you may have a new mobile phone, iPad or laptop. But what do you do with all the old electronics that are accumulating in your closet? Computers, monitors, mobile phones, cameras, laptops, tablets, printers, routers, cables, batteries, DVD players, anything that is electronic should be recycled and NOT tossed in the landfill where the components can poison the land and water.

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 rave reviews from...

One way to begin experimenting with bilingual matchmaking is with a series of expressive words. Check out the project titled Written Visuals that uses Arabic typography to simply and effectively express the meaning of the word. The project features a collection...