With a catalogue of graphic posters that take inspiration from her experiences of growing up in the UAE, Diana Hawatmeh was an obvious choice to design the cover of this week’s issue of Time Out Dubai, to coincide with the third edition of Dubai Design Week. Taking place from Monday November 13 to Saturday 18, the event is held in partnership with d3 and under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. This year, more than 200 events will take place across the city, with more than 550 designers showcasing their works.
Co-founder of Abjad Design, Jordanian Hawatmeh’s Places We Used To Go series is part of the Once Upon a DESIGN exhibition, curated by Noor Aldabbagh and presented by Sharjah multifunctional design space 1971. It showcases pieces that depict locations around the UAE that were significant within her childhood in the 1980s. Each poster challenges the rules of Arabic type through a free-spirited, childlike and inconsistent style, and individual works focus on the likes of Abu Dhabi corniche prior to its renovation, Abu Dhabi’s Al Musafah industrial area, and Dubai destinations that were popular with families, including the British Club, Al Nasr Leisureland and Al Ghurair Mall, almost all of which have either changed drastically or closed in the 30 years since.
On the back of each poster are individual accounts of Hawatmeh’s family traditions, and the significance of the places showcased on each poster. For more on Dubai Design Week.
Following a fully-booked series in 2016, the Royal College of Art (RCA) is returning to Dubai Design Week to offer an array of extended new courses, tailored to inspire design professionals, students and enthusiasts of the field. Head online for full workshop details.
Two-day workshops Dhs1,850 per person. November 13-18. www.dubaidesignweek.ae/courses.