The TDK Awards are BACK BABY! They’re free, easy to enter and packed full of the best prizes to boost your name in the industry — enter via the awards tab on the website. While you’re there, check out our our shiny new interviews with Singapore’s Fable & Oslo’s Isabelle Feliu, scroll through the global feed and bookmark some of your fave good reads and articles, like this one from #ShilloMAN Alumni Amy Pastilades on going freelance. Don’t forget #TDKtuesdays are back FEBRUARY 2019, thanks for a magical year friends!
— 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.
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!
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.
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.
Toil & Tinker
Print lovers assemble! Toil & Tinker is your home away from home, a print studio & design shop for all your creative needs. The foundations of the studio are printing services: covering all facilities from the latest digital print presses, to more specialist techniques like screenprinting, Risograph and soon to come letterpress printing. On top of this, our welcoming in-house design team offers creative advice and branding guidance to individuals, homegrown start-ups and larger businesses, helping to make your creative vision leap from screen to paper.
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