And here's Ahram Online's coverage of this mural:
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A little while ago, I started this little street art initiative to paint murals of Egypt's fallen martyrs out on public streets. The goal is to, on one hand, honor the martyrs, and on another hand provide passers-by with a reminder of Egypt's struggle for freedom, democracy, and equality.
With the help of Ahmed Nadim, Ahmed Eid, Lissie Jaquette, Henriette Heisse, Mustafa El Gamal, Ahmed Hussein, Rodina G, Noha Hesham, Hannah Cooper, Islam safi, and others, two murals have been complete.
Seif Allah Mustafa, 16 years old, student
Islam Raafat, 18 years old (photo by Lissie Jaquette)
If you're on Twitter, you can follow updates on the project by following #martyrmurals. A little reportage of the second Martyr Mural, Islam Raafat's, was produced by Al Ahram Online's Simon Hannah, and can be viewed: here.
It must be noted that our struggle is far from over, which is exactly why we need these Martyr Murals now. Everywhere.
Gaber and myself are now in the early stages of designing an Arabic typeface tailored for optimum screen readability. Dubbed "Shasha," this Google-funded font will be released as a free, open-source font under a creative commons license. We hope that “Shasha” will fill a huge gap, and maybe even change the entire Arabic experience online, be it on computer screens, mobile phone screens, or tablets.
We've made it a point to document the entire creative process from day one, and share it with the word via shashafont.com, in coherence with open-source culture. We realize many of our early sketches and experiments will make most typographers and calligraphers cringe, and that's exactly why we're putting it out there.
Friday, March 11, 2011
A virtual roundtable discussion between Mahmoud Hamdy, Foula, Aya Tarek, Shank, Ibraheem Youssef and myself on whether or not Egypt is ready for a new flag culminated in the form of an article I published on my new e-mag: RollingBulb.com
Here's a little excerpt:
"Personally, I think the Eagle should be canned altogether, especially knowing that the Eagle is more a representation of Mubarak’s regime than it is of the Egyptian people. Before 1984, the Eagle had no place in Egypt’s conscience. Prior to 1984, the symbol on the white band was the Hawk of Qureish, adopted in 1972, when Egypt, together with Syria and Libya, formed the Federation of Arab Republics."
The rest can be read here.