Archive for August, 2009

Back to School (and the horrible schoolbooks Jordan’s children are given)

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Can a schoolbook cover look more depressing? A miserable boy, asleep at the desk, writing in his copy-book, ink bottle by his side. I want you to feast your eyes on the the photo above and the eleven other examples from 3rd grade government curricula schoolbooks, which I photographed three years ago (but always kept [...]

SYNTAX seeking Business development wizard in the UAE

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

SYNTAX is shifting gears. If you are a business development wizard, but also a passionate believer that design can save the world, then you might want to check out this announcement on the SYNTAX blog.

Amman’s Google map now appears on mobiles!

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Last night was the first time I drive in Amman with a GPS map in my car! Yipee! In the end, it was Google who were first in providing this experience. As I mentioned in a previous post, Google Maps has, for the past few months, included a Amman map with main street names in [...]

The Maktoob-Yahoo deal: Shame on the Jordanian press that doesn’t understand!!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

After the euphoria of yesterday’s news about Yahoo buying Maktoob for an estimated US$ 85 million, and after seeing the name of this Jordan-made brand on the pages and screens of every major international news outlet, and after the topic “Maktoob” made it to the top 10 topics of Twitter.. I was expecting to see [...]

Yahoo acquires Maktoob: the Jordanians did it!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

As all eyes were on Dubai in the past hour to follow the official news of Yahoo’s acquisition of, my mind wandered to an old stone house near Amman’s 2nd Circle, which, for over a decade was the ‘house of Maktoob’, and the birthplace of what is now the biggest success story of the [...]

Spotted: A neat prototype of Amman’s new bus shelters

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, as I was driving up from Ras AL Ein to the the 3rd Circle, I noticed something interesting on the street. Apparently this is the first prototype of Amman’s new bus shelters. I stopped the car, then waited (quite a bit) for the two ladies sitting there to get on [...]

SYNTAX scraps its website, replacing it with one lousy web page

Monday, August 17th, 2009

At SYNTAX, we’re the kind of people who’d make fun of companies and government departments who don’t update their websites. If you hire us, we’d lecture you for hours about the importance of “staffing your website” with people who can communicate on the web and keep your website fresh and updated. We’d also point out [...]