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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...

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 the theme of...

The conservation of language, dialect, and accent is an important cultural and anthropological issues facing tribes throughout the United Arab Emirates. The locally based National recently looked into the topic with a spotlight on the Hebus and Shehhu mountain tribes located outside the city in Ras Al Khaimah. Featured in the video are tribe members and linguists who share a glimpse into the history of the Arabic language's evolution in the region.

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Adorable illustrations of yummy Middle-Eastern sweets brought to you by Cedarseed. Posters are in Arabic and English and can be purchased from RedBubble. Yum! Have you tried all of these delicious treats?  ...

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 using local resources....

Ever heard of Tegucicalpa? How about Sandnes or Brunswick? Perhaps they are just hard-to-pronounce foreign words that you will not remember. But the fact is, they are all cities somewhere on our planet and through this project you get to meet them personally and visually, in an inspiring artistic context.
When looking at typography in space, consider how photographic choices (angles, framing, lighting) can enhance the basic principles of graphic design.
Take a minute from your busy day to check out the collaborative, mobile and web app app called Nuqta (found on Apple). The app invites the public to post images of Arabic calligraphy and typography as they experience it anywhere, and on anything. Nuqta is open to anyone with a love for Arabic calligraphy and typefaces. The idea is to Learn, Share and Educate, so that you can learn from the content online, as well as educate others through what you post.
I just stumbled across this useful post titled "Designing for Children" from the firm Information & Design, based in Melbourne, Australia. The article provides some great information that may help you as you begin thinking about bringing your children's book to life in the digital world. Examine the points they present below and how your considerations must change based on where your audience fits within the early primary, later primary, and high school years.
As you work on your Social Change projects over break, you might be interested in looking at IDEO's Method Cards for the iphone or ipad. The app was released as a free download with 8 cards and if you like how it works, you can purchase the full deck of 51 cards for $4.99.
When you have some free time this week, check out the site Service Design Tools to learn how communication methods can support your design process. The site includes activities such as role play, mind mapping, and story-boarding - along with tools such as motivation matrix, issue cards, and character profiles. There's a lot of great stuff in here that we have been experimenting with in class and may be useful as you consider how to bring in your family/friend to the presentation.
Limited edition HONEY from Summer Surf Shack in Montauk and their 20,000 little honey bees. Fun packaging, of course! This jar of honey has a great brand story as part of a "limited edition" run of bottles containing honey from Chandelier bees. The lid reads:
“Our Chandelier bees will each have flown over 500 miles: feeding in gardens from the McMansions in the Hamptons to the surf-side gardens. Our queen bees kept a loving eye over all their devoted workers ensuring they made the best honey possible. So from our hive to yours, we wish you a sweet 2012.”
What is Thinking in Systems? Written by Donella Meadows the book offers insight into problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. It shows readers how to "develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life."

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 5pm there was...

Public Interest Design has put together a glossary of social impact design terminology to help clarify some of the similar language that is used throughout the field. They are eager to improve the glossary and welcome corrections, edits, and additions.