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SYNTAX/Interface2013 Talks: Visualizing Palestine is fighting injustice with beautiful data

As part of SYNTAX/Interface,  Ramzi Jaber and Joumana al Jabri present Visualizing Palestine.

An independent collective, Visualizing Palestine work at the intersection of communication, social sciences, technology, design, and urban studies for social justice. The team will talk about how they shifted careers from designers and engineers to social practitioners, pooling together their personal expertise in different fields to design creative visuals, which describe a factual, rights-based narrative of some of the pressing issues in Palestine/Israel.

Ramzi Jaber is a co-founder of Visualizing Palestine, and Thaber. An engineer by training, Ramzi also served as a key organizer and curator of TEDxRamallah, an independently organized TED event showcasing inspirational stories of Palestine. In 2012, he was selected as one of four Social Entrepreneurship fellows at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

Joumana al Jabri is a co-founder of Visualizing Palestine. With a background in architecture and business, she works with multidisciplinary teams on projects that aim to increase social awareness by using creative communication, particularly on Palestine. She co-curated TEDxRamallah in Lebanon and is also co-founder of Febrik, a Lebanon based non-profit organization concerned with social practices and urban space, particularly within the context of Palestinian refugee camps.

SYNTAX/Interface2013 Talks: Wajha’s shopfronts bring good design to the masses

As part of SYNTAX/Interface,  Hussein Alazaat and Ali Almasri present Wajha.

Wajha is an independent initiative that uses design and branding knowledge gained from the business world for a better-designed social space. Interventions are created on the city’s façade; on shop-fronts to be exact. Experimenting in typography, illustration and graphic design, the Wajha duo will share their projects, which aim to stimulate the local community into talking about design through their engagement with these creative interventions.

Ali Almasri is a type and graphic designer who holds multiple degrees in graphic and industrial design. His portfolio is very diverse across branding, corporate identities, interactive media design, print, and type design. At the same time, he is interested in exploring new visual languages relating to Arabic visual culture, with a specific focus on the Arabic letter.

As a child, Hussein loved calligraphy. By the age of 10, he began to enjoy practicing his own handwriting and started to develop an individual Cubic Kufi style. Since then, Hussein has explored many artistic schools in calligraphy and typography – from classical and traditional methods to contemporary and experimental forms. He appreciates that the originality of Arabic calligraphy is an important element the Arabic culture.