Archive for the 'Design' Category

Google’s design mess: Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich adds to the problem

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

That lock screen looks promising, doesn’t it. That’s how Google’s newest version of Android looks. It is a major release of Android, and one of its major features was to supposedly make its design “lovable”. As Android’s design chief Matias Duarte himself said: people sort of respected Android, but no one loved it. Its latest [...]

The Nokia N9: a phone for real rebels (and normal people too)

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The Nokia N9 has a strange story. It’s an exciting story. It’s a sad story. It’s an amazing story that is still unfolding. But if you walk today into any of the shops of Amman’s “mobile phone district” near the 7th Circle, you might not even feel that there is a whole saga around the [...]

Taj Mall opens: the (still dusty) crown of Jordan’s shopping?

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

   The opening of a major mall in Jordan in this post-financial-crisis era is certainly an event to watch. We live in very different times compared to, say, 2005, when we were awash in Gulf money and grand real estate dreams. Can developers and retailers pull off another mall in a market were people are [...]

A universal logo for human rights: vote for your favorite now

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

A few months ago I was appointed as a jury member of an amazing global design competition. The aim: to create a universally accepted logo for human rights. Peace has its symbol. Religions have their symbols. Global non profits and corporations also have their all-present symbols. But universal human rights, which have become part of [...]

Amman the FFilm: a font, a city, and a piece of my life..

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

From a message I sent Yanone, the designer of the FF Amman typeface after watching a preview of this film he created. “Ok.. I just watched the entire film. On my iPad.. The film had a strange effect on me. Somehow it encapsulated my career and life for the last 10 years. It’s not just [...]

Arabic children books (again): force feeding your kids trash

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Back to one of my favorite things to rant about. Arabic children books. I’ve been helping out a little with teaching my 2nd grade kid with Arabic reading. Now don’t get me started about the official curriculum for Jordanian second graders. But I will say this much: the design is horrible. And I’ve been comparing [...]

Wamda: it started with a spark, now in beta!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

For the past seven months, our company duo, SYNTAX and Spring has been working on their most revolutionary web project to date. What was just a sketchy idea by early 2010, has become a groundbreaking, living, breathing web venture:, a hub that, for the first time, creates a focal point for the Middle East’s [...]