A Pales­tinian refugee re­sid­ing in Saudi Ara­bia, first recog­nised her artis­tic tal­ent in mid­dle school and be­gan de­vel­op­ing her skills ever since. As her vi­sion be­gan to grow, her voice be­came stronger, which in turn shaped her iden­tity that was fur­ther st


The Early Years I was never aware of what graphic de­sign meant un­til my last year in high school. It was dur­ing my se­nior year that I de­cided to en­roll in that pro­gramme at Dar Al-hekma Uni­ver­sity where I got to de­velop my creative, crit­i­cal, and in­tel­lec­tual think­ing fur­ther. Though I cur­rently work as a graphic de­signer, I also am the co-founder and web de­signer at Fu­tur­is­tic Needs, a tech­nol­ogy solutions and dig­i­tal de­sign agency that my sis­ters, Fatmah, Noor, and I started to­gether. In ad­di­tion, I am the co-founder and vis­ual May 2016 de­signer at Ful­crum De­sign Tribe, a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary mul­ti­cul­tural de­sign stu­dio that my friend, Yusra Abu­da­wood and I founded. I’ve al­ways found my­self not only in­ter­ested in hu­man suf­fer­ing around the world, but rather con­cerned about it. The fact that I have not had a strong iden­tity as a Pales­tinian refugee who is re­sid­ing out­side her home­land opened my eyes to dif­fer­ent cul­tures and the way they in­ter­act with each other. For those rea­sons, I was try­ing to find a way to have a voice about all those cases that con­cern me glob­ally.

Since my col­lege days, I’ve no­ticed my abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate mean­ings in writ­ten words in ways that I never was aware of.

The Drive I’m ex­tremely pas­sion­ate, rather ob­sessed with read­ing, which re­sulted in my fierce passion for writ­ing as well. Books are my vir­tual pass­port that I have re­placed with my travel doc­u­ments that all Pales­tinian refugees are forced to carry. My hori­zon is ex­tended daily by a book jour­ney. There­fore, I al­ways find my work en­riched by what I read, which also in­spires my think­ing both in­tel­lec­tu­ally and cre­atively. Books take me the ex­tra mile in or­der to cre­ate an ef­fec­tive de­sign, from con­cept, to con­tent, to vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Since my col­lege days, I’ve no­ticed my abil­ity to

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