It’s Eid here in the Middle East and we’re enjoying the (entire) week off in celebration of the three-day holiday. Eid marks the end of Ramadan and concludes of the Holy month of fasting with special events, delicious feasts and great sales. Many residents use this time to travel and grab last-minute deals for excursions throughout the region. Next year, I plan on taking full advantage of this excellent opportunity for a spontaneous adventure. This year, it’s all about work (and a little bit of local shopping).
I’ve mainly been using the time to catch up on my course work for the upcoming semester. I will be teaching three classes: Typography 2, Web Design, and Graphic Design 1. I’m feeling a bit better about my syllabi, course content, and assigned readings – but I still have some ground to cover before classes begin on the 11th. In particular, I want to learn more about the Dubai (graphic design) market to make sure I deliver content that is relevant to the region and useful for our students. There are still plenty of cultural nuances to absorb and I’m just dying to get started learning Arabic.
I have already met with two of my new design colleagues and am thrilled to be working with such a devoted and talented group of people. Each of them has been more than willing to share resources and have made me feel at ease with my upcoming introduction to the University.
I’ve included in this post a few examples of Arabic typography posters, photographic studies, and mixed media projects currently decorating the University walls (I haven’t even gotten to the design department yet!). My apologies for the blurry images, but hopefully you can see why I’m so excited to get started!