Final & Self-Reflection


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The first part of the project was so interesting when you were asking us to find an article, story, poetry, etc. For me it was so fun, maybe because my word was ‘Happiness’ and there are lots of stories, poetries, articles that talk about happiness. I actually learned so much when I was searching for the write meaning or for the appropriate paragraph. Also, this project is actually easier than the ‘sentences’ I think because we get used in it and maybe because the sentences were too short we couldn’t play with it. However, we learned a lot with the ‘sentences’ project that helped us to avoid so many things in paragraphs.

I learned that the concept is the most important and how to break rules and not to be afraid. I also learned how to use drop caps and to pay attention to rags and rivers and it actually distorts paragraph form.





Throughout my process I have been thinking about mixing and matching the pictures. By laying the pictures together and thinking of different orders to place them, both colors and concept has to be in mind. At first I started playing around with the colored photos, then I brought up grey photos. Until I came out with a conclusion, which I centralized my poster with grey photos, surrounded by colored ones. This has to do with my concept at the end. This is still not the final I have done multiple versions, which I will choose from.

Week Two: Experiences



I wasn’t sure about the Arabic and Latin typefaces! Kufi typeface is always my favorite one, I tried to match it with Bodoni typeface but I fell like it’s not matching because kufic has a lot of curves lines. However, kufi style is optimized for reading Arabic script.

I actually liked working with two different language, the important thing that I was thinking about while doing this experiments is “placement”. As we know the Arabic language writing starts from the right of the page and continues to the left so I get a little pit confusing. The second thing was how to matching types so I stuck with Kufi typeface and Bodoni!



Project 004: Paragraph

Introduction to the project Paragraph:

Paragraphs are an essential element of turning text. The divide the content into logical, digestible bits, organizing the information, which in turn helps keep the reader engaged.


Key words:

Basic Indent

One of the most common paragraph indicators is the basic indent. This method effectively draws the eye to the beginning of each paragraph without causing a major disturbance to the flow of text. The basic indent is almost standard for lengthy text, such as books and magazines, as it maintains the overall color and texture of the typography while being space-economical.


Line Space

Separating paragraphs with a line space is other frequently used method. It provides a strong visual prompt that can be useful in instances that benefit from the addition of breathing room to either enhance readability, or to support the overall layout and design. This techniques does tend to break up the flew of the text, so should therefore be reserved for shorter text settings that will benefit from additional emphasis.


Outdent (Hanging Indent)

A very distinctive look can be achieved by using an outdent, or hanging indent. This extends the first line of first few lines of a paragraph into the left margin. The greater the depth of the outent, the more dramatic the effect. This treatment can become the hallmark of a particular design solution.  



Choosing to align text in justified, centered, or ragged columns is a fundamental typographic act. Each mood of alignment carries unique formal qualities, cultural associations, and aesthetic risks.

Justified paragraphs: they can lead to gaps or Rivers, to correct it use a long line length.

Flush right paragraphs: should be used with caution as they are unconventional.

Centered paragraphs: should be reserved for very intentional and specific use.




The distance from the baseline of one line of type to another is called line spacing. It is also called leading, in reference to the strips of lead used to separate lines of metal type.


Metric kerning used the kerning tables that are built in to the typeface. When you select metric kerning in your page layout program, your are using the spacing that was intended by the type designer. Metric usually looks good, especially at small sizes.




In this project, we had to find two paragraphs – 150 words minimum-Arabic and English by using the antonym (opposite meaning) word we used in the second project. My word was تعاسة (miserable) and the opposite meaning is سعادة (happiness). The paragraphs can come from poetry, novel, article, fairytale and books. Within those paragraphs we have to start typesetting text in InDesign and experimenting different variation such as placements and composition.

The texts I found:

يحكى أن أحد التجار أرسل ابنه لكي يتعلم سر السعادة لدى حكيم. مشى الفتى أربعين يوما حتى وصل قصراً على قمة جبل وفيه يسكن الحكيم. انتظر ساعتين في طابور طويل، حين واجه الحكيم نظر إليه وقال: الوقت لا يتسع الآن، قم بجولة داخل القصر ثم عد إلي بعد ساعتين. وأعطاه ملعقة صغيرة فيها نقطتان من الزيت، وأوصاه أن يمسك بها طيلة جولته دون أن تنسكب. أخذ الفتى يصعد ويهبط ويتجول مثبتاً عينيه على الملعقة. ثم عاد سأله الحكيم: هل رأيت السجاد الفارسي في غرفة الطعام؟ الحديقة الجميلة؟ هل استوقفتك المجلدات الجميلة في مكتبتي؟
ارتبك الفتى واعترف له بأنه لم يرى شيئا؛ كان همه ألا يسكب نقطتي الزيت من الملعقة، طلب إليه الحكيم العودة مرة أخرى للقصر. عاد الفتى يتجول منتبها إلى الرائع الفنية المعلقة على الجدران، شاهد الحديقة والزهور الجميلة. عندما رجع كان قد شاهد الأشياء ولكنه اكتشف أن قطرات الزيت قد انسكبت. سر السعادة هو أن ترى روائع الدنيا وتستمتع بها دون أن تسكب قطرات الزيت، فالسعادة حاصل ضرب التوازن بين الأشياء. الاستمتاع بالفرص الصغيرة ومنحها حقها من الوقت والحضور يحول الحياة إلى مجموعة من الفرص السعيدة الصغيرة والكبيرة، لا تتطلب ما وراء الأشياء، ولا تتعمق في التساؤل عن مغزاها، لئلا تهرب منك لذتها.

كتاب زنزانه ل: سلمان العودة

When you wake up each day, you should be filled with excitement because you know the day is going to be full of great things. You are meant to be laughing and full of joy. You are meant to feel strong and safe.
You are meant to feel good about yourself and know you’re invaluable. Of course there will be challenges in your life, and you are meant to have them too, because they help you to grow, but you are meant to know how to overcome problems and challenges. You were not born to struggle. You were not born to live a life where the moments of joy are few and far between. You were not born to toil in your work five days a week, with fleeting moments of happiness on weekends. You were not born to live with limited energy, feeling exhausted at the end of each day. You were not born to worry or to be afraid. You are meant to be victorious! You are meant to be happy! You are meant to have an amazing life!

The Power book, Book by Rhonda Byrne

Final Project I


First, I was thinking of something that relate to Qatar, and since my characters design project wasn’t good enough, I decided to expand and improve my ideas by creating characters and then making them stickers. I have this worried habit; every time I pass behind buildings I always imagined them as a characters. For example, I always imagined Sheraton hotel as a classy lady, and when it comes to Islamic Museum I always remember my grandmother because of the “batola”-thing that covers her face- that appears on top of the building. I was so exciting about the project, creating a new characters wasn’t hard but it takes so much time.


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3D Printing + Final Outcome

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I really enjoyed this project, and I’m happy and confident about the outcome.



In 2D design you can do whatever you desire, without worrying about the printer changing the shape of your character, on 3D design however, your design has to be simple or else your object won’t be printed the way you want. 123d design program was new to me. I didn’t know you to use it and IN wasn’t used to work on 3D program. In 3D programs, you have to take in consideration how the object will look from every angle. But I honestly enjoyed working on both (2D and 3D characters). I remember when I first began working on the Illustrator, I thought it was so hard and complicated but when I experimented with it and designed different characters I got used to it and started enjoying it. At first I was very careful and only designed simple characters but then when I started enjoying Illustrator, I went further and took a big risk by making my characters more detailed and creative. So to me, I have more freedom when designing on Illustrator then on the 123d Design.

Working on a 2D platform is easier than working on a 3D platform and you have more freedom. In 3D platform you have to be more careful and specific with the measurements and sizes while in 2D platforms sizes and measurements are not very necessary (most of the time). Working on a 2D platform is easier, more exciting and gives you more freedom to be creative than working on a 3D platform (3D platform limits your work).

I would enlarge the size of the cup and minimize the size of the marshmallow. (I want to make the marshmallow to appear as if it’s screaming and crying while they boiled in a hot chocolate (weird, huh?)) I would also improve my craftsman, and sand the surface a bit more to make it smoother because painting a rough surface wasn’t so easy.


Research + 3D Printing

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.


How does 3D printing work?

  • It all starts with making a virtual design of the object I want to create. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object.
  • 3D scanners use different technologies to generate a 3D model such as time-of-flight, structured / modulated light, volumetric scanning and many more.




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An example of 3D printed

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  • It’s a very amazing 3D printed inspiration/experiment we looked at in today’s class. I love the idea of how the characters could fit in each other in a creative way!