Designing on Benches in Hamra Street!

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

Objectustrate illustration workshop with Seif Alhasani

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?
Wrong? right?
A cause?
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.

 

At the Edge of the City @ LAU Alumni Book Exhibition 2011

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

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My steps in designing a photography book

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.

At The Edge Of The City / This Is Not A Gateway Poster

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/

AT THE EDGE OF THE CITY

Out Now!

http://attheedgeofthecity.wordpress.com/

Overview

At the Edge of the City: Reinhabiting Public Space toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh Al-Sanawbar

Edited by Fadi Shayya; Foreword by George Arbid

Copyeding & Proofreading by Sonya Knox; Layout & Design by Danny Khoury

A Discursive Formations book, first edition published in 2010 [ISBN 978-9953-0-1537-8]

Supported by Heinrich Böll Stiftung-Middle East OfficeDISCURSIVE FORMATIONS

About the book

Since the early 1990s, Beirut’s Park, Horsh Al-Sanawbar, was sealed off from the lives of many Beiruti residents and visitors, with numerous justifications for their exclusion. At the Edge of the City aspires to chart an alternative discourse from that which produces this exclusion. Through exploring issues of advocacy and politics, the book aims to provide a platform to contest the existing governance of Horsh Al-Sanawbar and to bring forward a well-informed public space public policy agenda.

At the Edge of the City presents multidisciplinary, textual and visual contributions that attempt to shape an understanding of continuously evolving meanings of public space in Beirut, opening up the discussion and raising questions, and challenging the status quo, as well as the social imagination, of public space itself.

ATEOTC WALLPAPER

Download the wallpaper from the book website