Zine (Reflection)

First, we had to choose a topic that we are interested in, the first thing that came to my mind are horses. Since I’m very interested in Arabian horses I chose my zine to be about The Beauty of Arabian Horses.

Creating a persona helped me to focus on a specific topic for my zine. For example, my persona was a Qatari rich man who is passionate about Arabian horses, he was a horse rider and now he owns horses. So, I focused on the beauty of Arabian horses in terms of creation. We had also to create a mood board, which actually helped me a lot to choose the color pallet, type, pictures and patterns so I had a picture of what the zine would look like.

I chose my zine to be in Arabic to keep up with design and because my topic about Arabian horses I wanted to make it easy for my personas/audience to browse. I’m not that person who love to work by hands, so working away from the computer wasn’t a good idea “for me”. I prefer to work digitally, it saves a lot of time but in this project I used my hand 100%, it gets me nervous somehow but it helped me to think and see things in different perspective.

For the papers material I chose a “newspaper material” thin paper, which is a combination of recycled matter and wood pulp, and is not intended to last very long.  I want it to look like an old zine that actually Arabs use it for daily browsing.


(Process & Reflection) PRINT II

We started the project by visiting AlRawaq exhibition, it was an exciting experience. We had a look at Dia AlAzzawi works and got some ideas and inspiration for our next project. What catch my attention is that the facial expressive faces, it has a lot of emotional and depth feeling I feel that it tells something and I think the faces express the feeling that was felt by the artist.


By using the laser cut I created a shadow book that shows the expressive faces, from 1963s to 2003s Dia Alazzawi artworks. The process was so gratifying, as I created before a shadow book for another class, the process was so pleasurable. The only thing I stressed about while creating the shadow book is that some faces has a lot of details and I had to redraw it and make it seems more geometrical to facilitate the cutting process.

For the outcome, I had to change some techniques because of the size of the shadow book but I’m satisfied, I really enjoyed this project and all of us done a really great work.

Insert – Manual


The purpose of this manual is to help me avoid issues that a designer might face when submitting their work. It’s a checklist of technical methods we have learned during the print projects we are working on. It allows me recognize the use of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.

  • Illustrator: produce vectors
  • Photoshop: edit raster images
  • InDesign: merging (vectors and raster image)


Starting with Adobe Illustrator, I’ve learned:

  • It’s a vector based program
  • No size required
  • Stretched and scaled without worrying about details.
  • Place files and not drag them into the program.
  • Delete colors that are not important in swatches (ALT + press each color)
  • Swatch (black & white)
  • Design mode (RGB)
  • Production mode (CMYK)
  • Change decimals numbers
  • Vectors = digitalized
  • Each vector must have its own document with one layer. (When designing your vector make sure it’s on a new document and not in another art board).



  • Photo editing
  • The vectors can be stretched/scaled without any issues.
  • When uploading an image it should be a “.tiff”
  • Resolution is 300 dpi.
  • Color mode (Greyscale)
  • When playing with black and white, use levels and curves.
  • For clipping path (Black conceals, white reveals).
  • Create clipping mask by using (pen tool).
  • Work in (RGB), and when done convert it to (CMYK).
  • Flatten image



  • Bleed (5mm), bottom/slug (15mm)
  • Color mode (RGB) then convert to (CMYK)
  • Outline the types.
  • When importing vectors, place files.
  • When raster files (indd), check ppi (300).
  • Check links.
  • Packaging your file.
  • Markup (make sure its on)