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Get the low down on your fav Cairo creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
Kief Type Foundry
April 2008 when the activists in Egypt called for a general strike all over Egypt Mohamed Gaber—founder and type designer of Kief Type—created "Be with the Revolution" in arabic calligraphy, this then spread like wildfire, used on social media, printed on t-shirts and spray painted from city to city and considered the visual icon for Egypt's 2011 revolution. We're loving Gaber's hustle! Not going the 'formal' route of studying design—Gaber is self taught through resources he could access 🤩.
Moutaz K Maudy
Not fond on the first direction he chose for uni — Moutaz K Mundy changed paths from Information Technology to Graphic Design! Moutaz is a bit of a graphics wizard—currently working in the mobile gaming realm—with a bit of freelance illustration on the side 😄
Mostafa Abdelmawla knew he was destined for a creative career! Challenging himself at the young age of 8—drawing comics, creating cards and testing out new techniques he discovered. After graduating and armed with just his grad project—Mostafa went out on a limb (no folio yet!) and went along to a Behance portfolio review and managed to score a job! Sometimes you just need to—as Mostafa says—'believe in yourself and just give it a try.'
Check out the industry standard of work in Cairo - how it is shot, what do they present?
Our top picks for recommended articles, blogs and companies in Cairo.
Brownbook is a bimonthly magazine that acts as an urban guide to the Middle East and North Africa. The magazine has endured a decade within its field, researching hundreds of cities in the region and Arab diasporas around the world. Over the ten years of publishing, the magazine in its own pace has gone through radical editorial and design changes, but maintained its stand first as an observer of the region’s urban evolution. The magazine focuses on three main genres; Interviews, Architecture & Cities. Brownbook also publishes collaborative books with regional institutions and produces film series hosted on brownbook.tv and other platforms.
Designindaba.com is Africa’s premier design publication that showcases, analyses and probes developments in design and creativity from Africa and across the globe. It is a standalone media platform that publishes intelligent and well-researched stories from the worlds of design and innovation every day. While our content surveys every facet of design, we have a particular focus on African creativity, design for socialimpact and industry insight from creative thought leaders.
People of Craft
People of Craft is a growing showcase of creatives of color and their craft in design, advertising, tech, illustration, lettering, art, and more. It’s time to redefine what a creative looks like.
The WeWork City
London based illustrator Doug John Miller explores small narratives of surreal and fantastical architecture. The detail in his work is quite staggering. Check out the rest of his portfolio for more.
These illustration for Orangina by Mads Berg will brighten up any rainy day.
Sawdust created a set of images for the iOS App Store highlighting the editors’ 5 favourite new games across genres including puzzle, action, strategy and sport.
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