Poster design for a space exhibition at The Children's Museum.
Experimenting with different styles
So I've been looking into Arabic typographic designs and trying to practise designing with Arabic.. I found work by the Khatt Foundation (led by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares) and Pascal Zoghbi of 29LT very interesting. I'm staying away from the more traditional calligraphic styles and exploring more contemporary styles with a focus on bilingual design.
I'm starting simple with this one, but I can see how it can start to look even more dynamic when varying the scale and incorporating imagery. I also found it interesting how this font's ع is cut off the way it is..
Before I left Jordan, I had this project in mind that I really wanted to do. I wanted to make videos of Arab women, telling their stories and cooking a traditional Arab dish. I had some trouble finding willing participants and fitting it around my studies. But I'm grateful that I managed to film two Arab women, one of them - my Arabic teacher who went above and beyond to help me film this, and the other, the sister of another amazing Arabic teacher who taught me. I really hope I get the chance to create more of these videos and explore deeper into the stories and find more personalities, in Jordan or perhaps another country.
So, I made a video with a similar idea a few years back, called The Joy of Simple Things. It was a short and half-baked video. But I revisited this idea, built on it a bit more and made it my video project for Level 2 Classical Arabic. It's about my love for capturing the small moments in life, like how the light shines through the trees, the sound of the leaves when the wind blows, or how the birds fly over me. I'm quite proud of how it turned out, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved making it:
So at the institute that I'm studying at, sometimes our final project is to create a video which shows your speaking ability.
This is my Level 1 video for Classical Arabic. I'll admit I made quite a few mistakes in grammar and pronunciation, but to be fair, I had only been learning Arabic for two and a half months at that point. It is titled "حبّي لتصوير الطعام" which translates as "My Love for Food Photography".
These are the images that I ended up with after shooting the video:
Stay tuned for the next post, where I'll be sharing the video I did for Level 2!