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MEDEA has the pleasure to announce MEDEA board members!

July 22, 2013 in News

MEDEA is very pleased to welcome MEDEA board members who will contribute significantly to promoting design education in the Middle East. Welcome aboard:

• Bahia Shehab Associate Professor of Practice at American University in Cairo, Egypt
• Cordula C. Peters Program Director of Visual Communication at Dar Al-Hekma College, KSA
• Denielle Emans Assistant Professor at Zayed University, Dubai and Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar
• Diane Mikhael Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar
[MEDEA co-director]
• Dina Faour Associate Professor at American University in Dubai, UAE
• Dina Kattan Fashion Design Program Director at Dar Al-Hekma College, KSA
• Essam Abu Awad Assistant Professor at Applied Science Private University, Faculty of Art and Design, Jordan
• John Kortbaoui Chairperson of Design Department, FAAD at Notre Dame University, Louaizé, Lebanon
• Julia Townsend Associate Professor of Visual Communication at American University in Dubai
Painting and Illustration, UAE
• Leila Musfy Professor and Chairperson of Architecture and  Design department at American University of Beirut, Lebanon
• Marcella A. Kulchitsky Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design department at the American University of Kuwait, Kuwait
• Muneera Spence Chairperson of Graphic Design department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar
[MEDEA co-director]

Members are joining a dynamic board that will innovatively promote design education, will embrace changes, and will provide leadership
opportunities to every member. Each member with her/his expertise and dedication will lead creative initiatives that will serve and support MEDEA
and design communities at large.



July 8, 2013 in News

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All MEDEA members are invited to share their design activities, research, projects, on MEDEA website, MEDEA facebook page and Twitter!

MEDEA’s mission

June 2, 2013 in News

The purpose of MEDEA is the advancement of education by encouraging and supporting excellence in design education and research within the Middle East; and being the regional authority on, and advocate for, design education and research.

Inform about MEDEA and invite colleagues and designers to join the conversation!

‘Works That Work, a magazine of unexpected creativity’ [an interesting magazine, check it out!]

May 28, 2013 in News

Works That Work, a magazine of unexpected creativity

Works That Work is a new portfolio-free design magazine for the curious mind, endeavoring to surprise its readers with a rich mix of diverse subjects connected by the theme of human creativity, searching for a deeper understanding of work and its motives. One of the fundamental assertions of Works That Work is that creativity is not the exclusive domain of artists or designers, but something that surrounds us in our daily lives, something so embedded in our everyday experience that it often escapes our attention.


Today talks titled: ‘What are the Challenges for Graphic Designers Today?” at the School of Architecture and Design’s Graphic Design Dept. Lebanese American University [LAU] led by Lara Balaa, of Maajoun; Nathalie Fallaha, founder of v-ite; and Hatem Imam of Studio Safar.

May 23, 2013 in News

Be there on:
May 23, 2013
5:00 PM–6:00 PM
BB 903, Beirut campus
The School of Architecture and Design’s Graphic Design Department

The talks will be followed by open discussion!

2013 IDA Congress Istanbul invites you to create your own “I am a Designer” video and be a part of the congress.

May 23, 2013 in News

Share your own design dialect with the world!

2013 IDA Congress Istanbul invites you to create your own “I am a Designer” video and be a part of the congress. Here are the five simple steps to sharing your own design dialect with the world!Step 1. Watch the “Design Dialects” video

Step 2. Create a video of your own (with a duration of max. 6 seconds) saying “Hello my name is […] I am from [city or country], I am a designer too!” on Vine (you can download Twitter’s Vine video application to your iOS device, created for sharing looping videos at: or by using YouTube.

Step 3. Post the video on Vine, then share it through Twitter with the hashtag #IamaDesigner or upload the video to YouTube with the title “I am a designer” and share through social media.

Step 4. All videos with appropriate content will be displayed on the congress website, at pre-congress events and projected on several screens at the IDA Congress in November 2013.

‘Walls of Freedom’: The definitive book on Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution by Basma Hamdy and Don Stone!

May 15, 2013 in News


‘Walls of Freedom’ is a powerful portrayal of the Egyptian Revolution, telling the story with striking images of art that turned Egypt’s walls into a visual testimony of bravery and resistance. It takes a closer look at the most influential artists who have made their iconic marks on the streets. This survey of Egyptian street art is also enriched by images of the revolution taken by acclaimed photographers and activists. Spanning major Egyptian cities like Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor it is a day-to-day reflection of the volatile and fast-shifting political situation. With contributions by experts in many fields, ‘Walls of Freedom’ not only places the graffiti of the revolution in a broader context, it also examines the historical, socio-political and cultural backgrounds which have shaped the movement.

Please check the book facebook page and like it!

Beirut Design Week from 24 till 30 of June 2013! All across Beirut City!

May 11, 2013 in News

Do not miss it!

For more information, visit Beirut Design Week website:

MEDEA met with design educators during Tasmeem Conference in Doha!

May 1, 2013 in News

Design educators at MEDEA meeting,

Design educators at MEDEA meeting,

Yunsun Chung-Sh presenting on Graphic Design Workbook project.

Yunsun Chung-Sh presenting on Graphic Design Workbook project.









Design educators from Kuwait, Dubai, Sharjah, Lebanon, and Qatar met during Tasmeem conference: Hybrid Making 2013, Qatar.
Interesting presentation by Yunsun Chung-Shin , Assistant Professor, of Graphic Design, at Zayed University, Dubai, on a collaborative project called:

Tasmeem Doha Hybrid Making, Conference and workshops [March 10-17, 2013]

March 7, 2013 in News

Tasmeem Doha is the international art and design conference held biennially at VCUQatar. For more info please visit the website: View

MEDEA meets at Tasmeem Doha 2013:
All design educators are invited to attend MEDEA informal meeting on Saturday March 16, at 12:15pm.
Location: VCUQatar building, room 215
Please visit MEDEA booth and collect your give away promotional item!

See you soon!