Event: Dubai Design Week

I was at the Dubai Design Week last weekend and, of course, I took photographs. Most are abstract, which I’ve been enjoying lately.

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Watercolor 01: Experiments

I’ve been tempted to play with watercolor recently and I finally gave in last week. I’m enjoying it so much now I’ve been painting almost every other day. It’s pretty easy and oh so therapeutic.
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Books I’ve read in 2015

My reading challenge this year is to complete 15 books. I’ve chosen to downsize the goal this year because I want to read self growth books and skip fiction this year. In general, I’m pretty happy with the books I’ve read this year.

  1. Detail In Typography
  2. 7:46pm
  3. God Never Blinks
  4. Steal Like an Artist
  5. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
  6. The Power of Less
  7. Creative Visualization
  8. Think and Grow Rich
  9. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
  10. Eat That Frog
  11. 1001 Ways to Empowerment
  12. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
  13. The 5 Love Languages

Three articles on becoming a better graphic designer

I read these articles last week and thought they were really interesting. They mention some pretty good tips; some include collecting inspiration, taking lots of photos, redoing designs and never settling on an idea. Each article covers different tips, this is why I recommend reading all three.

1. Sixteen tips to improve as a graphic designer
2. Twelve ways to become a better designer
3. This painful, terrible, amazing exercise forced me to become a better designer

Favorite Productivity Tools

I’m a big fan of technology mainly because I love practicality and simplicity. Pocket is one that I’ve been using for a few years. However, recently, I’ve come across a few more that I’ve been really enjoying. I got more than a few questions about where I’ve downloaded them, so I thought I might as well share them.

Pocket (Chrome): You can save sites, articles and what not. Then you can view them later on your phone, iPad or on the web.

Fliqlo: The pretty-neat flip clock screensaver.

Timewarp (Chrome): Displays the time you’ve spent on a site today, can redirect you to another site or can display a quote you’ve written instead.

Momentum: Opens a new tab with a beautiful photograph, your name, the time and more.

Simple sticky notes (Windows)

Noizio (MAC): Nature sounds.

Pomodoro One (MAC): A minimal design of a pomodoro timer.

A hundred years from now

Okay, this post might be a bit cheesy. But really, have you ever wondered where we’d all be in a hundred years? A few years back I was fascinated by the idea that in a hundred years, everyone -even newborns- will be dead, with only few exceptions. This thought is hits you in the face, really. Because no matter how many years you’re going to be blessed with, its still coming.

So the point of all this is to ask ourselves a question, or a few. What goals might we wish we had accomplished? Would we wish we’d chosen have stronger faith in God? Would we wish we’d been more respectful to others?

Three current favorite dessert recipes

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I’ve been back to my baking mood since Ramadan, thank God I’m on vacation! It’s been fun baking for the family and also for guests coming over for Iftar. These three desserts I’ve baked stood out the most. They were quite easy to make and everyone loved them! Not to mention they’re a personal favorite and I would definitely bake them again. If you’re into baking, you must give them a go.