I like to think of my creative life as an act of advocacy for better participation: participation in play, participation in political life, participation in education. I am interested in how digital and physical tools can influence the creations of new ideas and the learning of novel information.
I have had the good fortune of being part of some highly innovative initiatives and projects in Jordan that were considered firsts: re-imagining a regional Museum and Education Center for the third largest governorate in Jordan, co-creating the first youth-run, youth-targeted non-profit, as well as creating the identity for it and polishing and expanding its image.
I have prototyped a low-barrier literacy and language learning experience as my Thesis project and I am currently designing the look and feel for a cross-border school for social enterprise in San Diego-Tijuana region with my partner.
I am passionate about user experience and more importantly about how a good design process should be an equal partnership between the designer and the user. I also strongly believe in the transformative power of play and games in inspiring audiences. The design of today is play in the service of problem-solving.
My background is cross-cultural: I’m a Kuwait-born, Palestinian with a Jordanian citizenship who speaks four languages. I have a B.Sc. In Architectural Engineering and an MFA in Interactive Media. I also have avid interests in thinking about computing, sound design, music and politics.
I’ve travelled enough to know that inasmuch as we are different as humans, we share universal desires and aspirations. I see the role of the designers and artist of the future being one of empowerment, sharing and exchange between communities.
As we move into the 21st century as creators and collaborators, it’s important to remember to build bridges with others who are less equipped to deal with the challenges of today. Creativity and problem solving need to be out there in the trenches changing people’s lives to the better.
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