The two benches I have designed-on and executed in Hamra street:
One is at the corner near Jack & Jones (Modca corner) and the other is facing Fransabank on the right side of the street.
The first bench tries to capture the spirit of Hamra, the energy & hype, the lights, the crowd, the restaurants and pubs during the day and at night.
While the second bench is a typographical interpretation of a quotation from Steve Jobs.
The quote says:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something” ~ Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005
Once you read the quote and walk past it, you can look back at the bench and connect the black dots to read something else…
I knew I wanted to design the bench with a typographical approach using an inspirational quotation, but I couldn’t come up with anything yet that day. I woke up that morning with the sad news that Steve Jobs passed away, so it came to my mind to use one of his inspiring quotes. I thought it would also pay tribute to him that way too. It is a really interesting that even by passing away, he inspired me to do this design.
I hope you enjoy both benches.
Bench 1. Image © Danny Khoury 2011
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As part of Hamra Street Festival Maraya 2011 follow up events, I will be designing / painting on 2 of the concrete benches recently placed. One will be at the corner in front of Jack & Jones and the other will be near Fransabank.
Two other selected artists – Dalia Baassiri and Nisreen Mohtar – will be there too to work on 2 other benches each.
Painting of the benches that were placed on Hamra Str. during Maraya 2011 will take place on Tuesday & Wednesday October 4th & 5th, 2011 and is sponsored by Blom bank, Credit Bank & Fransabank.
Pass by and take a look. Pictures will be posted later.
image by Danny Khoury ©2011
My work at Objectustrate workshop with Seif Alhasani at the Lebanese American University (Beirut) in April 2011
Innocent, harmful, playful, obedient?
Imaginative, harsh, fragile, or feelingless?
What happens when children become soldiers? Or at least be intertwined in a cause so much that they become manipulated in a game, and the game is their lives?
What about effect?
This piece was made with multiple-layered cardboard and illustrating a contrast between two children placed in different contexts.
Choices made by elders become fate for their children.
More than 30 exhibitors at LAU – Beirut Campus (in front of the Safadi Fine Arts Building)
on Tuesday, May 24 · 5:00pm – 8:00pm
I will be presenting At the Edge of the City as the designer.
Be there to check it out if you haven’t already, and check out a collection of other books at the event.
For the full list of exhibitors goto LAU Alumni Book Exhibition 2011 on facebook
Recently, I’ve been working on a new book layout. This one is mainly photographic.
I’d like to share some steps I took to simplify my design process.
Book Structure Process:
• Set the size of the book, and check it with the printing press
• Open InDesign file and set bleed & margins
• Make grid templates on master pages with guides
• Select fonts for titles and paragraphs and convert them to paragraph styles
• Open images in Adobe Bridge and check resolution
• Make an InDesign contact sheet
• Cut images from contact sheet and place them in the main InDesign file*
• Delete the black frame from images and arrange them on the pages
• Divide the no. of pages by no. of chapters = pages per chapter
• Fit image contents proportionally
• Redistribute spreads taking into consideration landscape/portrait
• After the structure is formed, work more the design
*instead of placing each image by itself and skipping any by mistake.
PS. If anyone thinks there is a better way in one or more of the steps, comments are welcome.
My design of the poster “At The Edge Of The City” for “This Is Not A Gateway” festival (3rd annual festival on cities)
This event is in London [Opening Thursday 21st October 2010]
designed by Danny Khoury ©2010
Fadi Shayya will present At the Edge of the City during TINAG’s 3rd Annual Festival, 22-24 October 2010, London, Hanbury Hall, 22 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
For more info about the festival: http://www.thisisnotagateway.net/
At The Edge Of The City: http://attheedgeofthecity.wordpress.com/