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13 Arabic calligraphers presented by the Dubai Arabic Calligraphy Center, an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.
Having safe water to drink and for your daily chores makes life better and can bring joy to a life. Have fun with a joyful dance.
I've been playing with the interactive and informative UK Energy Consumption Guide from Evoenergy. In 2010, total UK overall primary energy consumption in primary energy terms (i.e. fuels obtained directly from natural sources) was 218.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent, 3 per cent higher than in 2009.
A Floating, Water-Filtering Pool in New York For Everybody. + POOL is for everyone, which is why it's designed as four pools in one: a Kid's pool, Sports pool, Lap pool and Lounge pool. Each can be used independently to cater to all types of swimmers, combined to form an Olympic-length lap pool, or opened completely into a 9,000 square foot pool for play.
Considering our discussion about logos, identities and the Arabic/Latin translation issue(s) on Wednesday... What are your thoughts on the Dubai International Airport logo? Do you agree with the assessment of the logo design (found below)? or do you Disagree? and Why? What do you think about the fact that there is no Arabic included in the logo? What does this say about the airport and the intended audience?
Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence. TED Fellow Bahia Shehab sends an important message through her street art in Cairo: “You can crush the flowers, but you can’t delay spring."
Many of you are working on multiple projects with looming deadlines... and are probably feeling very stressed today. Here is a quote that has always inspired me to keep pushing, to keep working, and to make the solution as strong as possible. To tell them "yes."

Dr. Nadine Chahine and Linotype were kind enough to share a few of Nadine's wonderful typefaces for free(!) in honor of her birthday. That's right, you’re only a few clicks away from getting Univers® Next Arabic Regular, Palatino® Sans Arabic...

Ever wondered what you're actually saying when you fill your placeholder text with Lorem Ipsum? Learn all about it using this great resource (available in multiple languages). When you select "fill with placeholder text" option in Adobe software, the result is...

At no point in history have more people been enslaved than there are women currently in the sex trade. The exploitation of mostly women and girls forced into prostitution generates an estimated $27.8 billion each year, making it one of the fastest growing organized crime.
As we launch into motion design this week, it's time to look at some examples that cover our various group topics. Here is a collection of motion design videos that focus on a variety of global issues, from water to war. Consider our discussions in class and think about what techniques are being implemented to convey the message.
Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created and graphic design seeps in to every image.
"I am the City 2.0, dream me, build me, make me real". On Oct 13, 2012, the TEDx community around the world is celebrating a day of urban inspiration, a day when TEDx communities around the world will host an event to share the powerful narratives of urban innovators and organizers, stewards and artists, builders and taste makers.
Check out some of the photos from the book 'Hungry Planet: What the World Eats' that we were discussing in class this week. Hungry Planet introduces families from 10 countries around the world through photographs of family members at home, at the market, and surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries.

One way to create a versatile logo is to begin designing in black and white. This allows you to focus on the concept and shape, rather than color, which can be subjective in nature. If your logo doesn’t look good...

Type light is a fully functional, freeware OpenType font editor. With Type light you can design, edit and convert OpenType TrueType and PostScript fonts. As a light version of Type 3.2 font editor it is your ideal package for entering into the world of font creation.
When the California College of the Arts (CCA) implemented its new waste-sorting program, students were initially confused about how to separate their trash. Recycling cardboard and cans is easy, but trickier items like pizza boxes, disposable forks and beverage cups caused some confusion.
"Most of us have never really been thirsty. We've never had to leave our houses and walk five miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are 800 million people on the planet who don't have clean water. It's hard to imagine what 800 million people looks like really, but one in nine might be easier. One in nine people in our world doesn't have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can't imagine going 12 hours without."