Mornin' Dubai! The coming two weeks hold some great stuff for you designers out there. Design your own sticker and join us at the stuck:dxb sticker-swap event by @apedxb. You can also read an interview with their founder @therollanizer on our website. Struggling with finances and VAT for your design startup? @reurbanstudio is holding a seminar on just that @d3dubai. Last but not least, save the date for our next #TDKtuesdays meet-up in collaboration with @ddfcdubai on Sept 4th.
— Myriam Arab
Get the low down on your fav Dubai creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
We got to chat with -ing Founder, Ramy Alawssy after the conference chaos this year about how he fell into design, the amazing team scattered across the world, and using your knowledge and skills for social good.
Fikra Design Studio
Neighbouring Dubai in the city of Sharjah, we were so lucky to catch up with Salem Al-Qassimi founder of Fikra Designs (and also Fikra Campus—keep an eye on what's happening there!). Read on to hear what Salem has to say about the evolving world of digital design and the importance Internships have on a young designers career.
We were lucky enough to catch Craig Falconer—founder and Managing Director of North55 based in Dubai! Craig started to tinker around with graphic art back in his school days and managed to learn the craft prior to things going fully digital. Read on to hear some great tips on client relationships and what Craig is looking for in folios.
Moloobhoy & Brown
At a young age Elliott Brown— co-founder and creative director Moloobhoy & Brown — was hooked on the curls and swirls of the Coca-Cola brand. Thirsty for more Elliot dug into opportunities with a strong appetite to learn. Have a read over some great bits of advice and Elliots take on whats happening in Dubai's design scene.
Does anyone remember the Trapper Keeper!? It was the item to have as a 80/90's kid (oh the memories). Well, that's how Rollan — Creative Director and Founder of Ape Creative — kickstarted his creative career! Creating his own version of the Trapper Keeper for him and his classmates. Read on to hear some great advice and some top tips on what books to read to get some inspiration juices flowing.
Check out the industry standard of work in Dubai - how it is shot, what do they present?
Our top picks for recommended articles, blogs and companies in Dubai.
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.
Dubai Design and Fashio…
The Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) was established by the Dubai Government to raise the profile of Dubai as a regional and global destination for design. Leading the development of a sustainable industry, DDFC provides in-depth market intelligence and helps elevate local and regional talent, enabling the contribution of the creative industries to the development of the Emirate.
Fully Booked premiered in 2017 as the only art book fair in the United Arab Emirates. The fair serves as a platform to consider the medium of the artist book as a “multi-site”— a tactile, portable, and accessible form. This form allows for the creative and democratic dissemination of information, while simultaneously enabling intimacy with content. The intention of the fair is to foster meaningful cultural exchanges between regional and international artist publishers, as well as the cultural practitioners and visitors present in Dubai during Art Week.
Creative Mornings Dubai
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee!
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.
Dubai Design Week
Dubai Design Week is the region’s largest creative festival, reflecting Dubai’s position as design capital of the Middle East. The six-day programme is made up of over 200 events covering design across a range of disciplines including architecture, product, furniture, interior and graphic design.
Dubai Design District
Dubai Design District (d3) has been developed through careful consultation with the design community to provide a creative ecosystem that surpasses the expectations of a typical creative neighbourhood. d3 forges the inspiring, authentic, and relevant ideas shaping Dubai’s future as a leading destination of design, art, and culture. It has its own beating heart, its own spirit and its own very personal style.
On The Grid Dubai
Created by Hyperakt, On the Grid has teamed up with hundreds of designers, artists and creatives companies around the world who have shared their favorite local hangouts. Their guides are carefully crafted from scratch and filled with exceptional recommendations so you can experience any city like a local. Whether you prefer boutiques or mom & pop shops, cocktail bars or dive bars, fine cuisine or crab shacks, galleries or street art, we've got you covered.
The Photobook Show Exhibition
Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue
Financial and VAT Management for Design Startups
Re:Urban Studio, Dubai Design District (d3)
Visualising Memory: Archiving an Evolving City
Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
Nightjar Coffee Roasters, Warehouse G62, Alserkal Avenue
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