(Helsinki - 2015)

(Helsinki - 2015)

About

Hello there!

I am a strategic experience designer specialized in products, spaces, and the near future.

I use human centered design processes to build digital / physical products and create solutions for complex challenges . I also design the world around the product including the user experience, the art direction, service design touchpoints and explore mediums to effecitively communicate it through presentations, products, exhibitions, podcasts, videos and publications. I have worked for NGOs, startups, brands, educational platforms.

I also research the near-future or the ‘speculative design practice’ and help students and clients to understand how to design for the future. I am also well informed about emerging technologies, and I build forecasting methods to uncover near future trends to help businesses be meaningful and relevant in the future. I equip students with the ability to be critical about the role they play in society.

I run a platform under @agreeablefutures to make critical design known to all. Because Design should not only build the future, but challenge it.

CV

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Academia

AALTO UNIVERSITY Arts Design and Architecture ( 2013 - 2016 )

Master’s Industrial and Strategic Design

AALTO Media Lab ( 2015 - 2016 )

Minor in New Media

ALBA - LEBANESE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (2009 - 2013)

Bachelor’s Interior Architecture & Product Design


 

Conferences

2019 - Singapore DesignUp

2019 - Helsinki NordicIOT “ Business Transformation from Fictions to Realities”

2019 - Seattle - Interaction 19 (Seattle, USA) “near-Future Plagues”

2019 - Helsinki Primer EU - Democratizing Futures

2019 - Shenzhen He-Xiangning Art Museum “Its more about us than technology”

2019 - Bangalore DesignUp “ Its more about us than technology”

2018 - Beirut User Experience Beirut “ How to design services for the near future”

2018 - Lyon - Interaction 18 - “ Speculative Needs”

2018 - Beirut - Criteria Conference “ Critical Design in the Middle East

2015- The secret life of Electronic Objects Beirut, Lebanon


Exhibitions

2018 - Beirut - Curious Extraplations in collaboration Domestic Data Streamers

2017 - Beirut - Speculative Needs


Publications

2017 - MENA Design Research Center Feature with Co-author and Design Researcher Hind Chammas

2016 - Title:The future object persona : Facilitating the co-creation of autonomous objects' behaviour and culture Thesis advisor(s): Maze, Ramia


Community

Local Leader IXDA of the Interaction Design Association of Beirut

Member of the MENA Design Research Center


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Workshops

2019 - Singapore / DesignUp Agreeable Singapore?

2018 - Bangalore / Future Health Needs

2017 - Lebanese American University / Speculative Needs

2017 - Notre Dame University / Speculative Needs

2017 - ALBA University / Speculative Needs

2017 - Lebanese International University / Speculative Needs

2017 - American University of Science and Technology / Speculative Needs

2015 - Toys that play with you - Lebanese Academy of fine arts

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Press

J. Walter Thompson, 2018

Dezeen, 2017

FrameWEB Magazine, 2017

Near Future Laboratory, 2017

Design Indaba , 2017

The Vanderbilt , 2017

Damn Magazine , 2017

MONOCLE RADIO , 2017

The Artling, 2017

DisUP, 2017

NORDKAPP BLOG , 2018

Highlight of Interaction 18, Lyon

ALBA (lebanese academy of fine arts) , 2018

Unmet” Workshop