Back to basics






And to think… that our Minister of Public Works Ghazi Aridi answered ‘Right’ to the above! *Facepalm* If I were in charge I’d sentence him to a couple of hours of ‘Torture by traffic‘. Because of his decision, it took me 90 minutes to cross a road that would otherwise take 15 minutes. For more info check out Blog Baladi‘s comment on this.

But anyway, here’s a sweeter tone on the ears. Enjoy and have a beautiful day! πŸ™‚

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  • Simon Wednesday, September 29, 2010   Reply →

    I’m sorry Maya you were stuck in that traffic, but that was funny! A fashion show on Lebanon’s already congested roads.
    Shows you the level of planning done by those great brains at the Ministery of Public Works πŸ™‚

    Major Fail!

  • Rudy chisdiac Wednesday, September 29, 2010   Reply →

    Lol of course its right, the poor fashion designer cant afford a showroom lol she has the right >_< to do that mih
    Nice post maya <3

  • Sophie Wednesday, September 29, 2010   Reply →


  • A bare truth Wednesday, September 29, 2010   Reply →

    It is unbelievable that they would allow such an event on an already problematic road. This is all that people needed.

  • Sahar Wednesday, September 29, 2010   Reply →

    Maybe he thought the show was for a good cause :D:D
    This shows how considerate and thoughtful they are, just they way they deal with everything else that affects people in their daily lives.
    It was funny how MTV cut the news yesterday to bring it as a “waradana al2an” πŸ™‚

  • Joe K Wednesday, September 29, 2010   Reply →

    was waiting for your post on this πŸ™‚

  • Dar El Akhdar Wednesday, September 29, 2010   Reply →

    Whoever in charge of this (I’m guessing irresponsible corrupt males) should wear high heals, walk ten times the length of the closed bridge and be subject to the air, noise and visual pollution that Lebanese commuters have to face on a daily basis to and from work…

    How’s with me?!

    • Dar El Akhdar Wednesday, September 29, 2010   Reply →

      Evidently… “Who’s with me” is the proper way to announce a battle-cry and be convincing i.e. without typos πŸ˜€

  • Rabih Wednesday, September 29, 2010   Reply →

    hahaha i liked the *facepalm* part, the most appropriate reaction πŸ˜€

  • WORLD DESIGNERS Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

    Dear Maya,

    Your illustrations SUCK!! BIG TIME
    Its pathetic that you even call urself an illustrator

    Please stop the torture. Have mercy on us.
    Go find something else to do… maybe a secretary, or a teacher… Or even bartender!!


    • maya zankoul Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      Dear ‘World Designers’ (or Sabine, as written in the wrong email you left):
      Please stop checking the blog πŸ˜‰ That would be a simpler solution for all.
      And also, please relax!

      • haissam Saturday, October 2, 2010  

        LOL stupid keyboard warriors, they just live on insulting people, i don’t get it, if they don’t like it then they should just piss off !
        don’t listen to anybody maya ! your illustrations are one of a kind and i’ll always be up to date with your work ! πŸ˜€

    • Joseph Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      WORLD DESIGNERS, words like YOU SUCK, pathetic and whatnot don’t really count as constructive criticism. So please do yourself a favor and get out of here you jealous hater.

      How that for constructive criticism?

    • Rudy chidiac Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      lol ur an ass πŸ˜›

    • Misho Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      World Designers, find something more useful to do in life πŸ˜€
      maya keep on the good work πŸ˜€

    • TY Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      wooo someone is so so so jealous, and is holding so much hate!
      haha, that’s so funny!!

      Dear “world designers”,
      what does your name mean anyway? you meant “world’s designers” but was so angry to write it the right way? and how exactly do you represent all the designers of the world?

      Let me give you some advices:
      1- When on PMS, Shut up!
      2- When you hate someone for being more popular, also shut up. You will look and sound so stupid (and so damn funny) when you talk.
      3- When you feel you can’t shut up, go and draw a lame illustration or something, and tell yourself that you are a genius but the world is not ready for it and people do not understand your genius.
      4- Go meet other lame friends, listen to some lame underground music, and talk about each others lame work how it is so great.
      5- Manage to have some anal sex. On emergencies, design a lame serif-font or something, print it on none-glossy a3 paper, roll it up, and shove it up your ass.

      And next time, please, use your real name when you write a comment, and put a link to your work. Mish 7ayala sha2fit designer feshil baddo yijeh yitfalsaf bil comment box, ma3lesh!!

      β€œOne does not hate as long as one has a low esteem of someone, but only when one esteems him as an equal or a superior.” Nietzsche

  • WORLD DESIGNERS Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

    a real designer accepts criticism and feedback.
    which proves the fact that you 1. lack confidence 2. not a designer 3.your followers are as bala zo2 as you.

    Hope one day people will wake up and see how ugly your illustrations are.

    • maya zankoul Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      Haha! Darling,

      1- Please note that I accepted your comment on the timeline.
      2- Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      3- Will have to see what my dear followers think about this πŸ˜‰

      Hope you will relax and have a nice day!

    • Riham Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      It’s funny that you call your little hate comments “criticism”

    • Simon Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      wat a doosh!!
      If you, WORLD DESIGNERS, haven’t realised that it’s the message conveyed with those illustrations and her simplistic style is what attracted all the publicity and fame, then just go jump of a bridge or something.

      Hateful words don’t constitute as “criticism and feedback”!

    • Hommus Betheeneh Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      If toy think WORL DESIGNERS are talking crap gimme the HELL YEAH!
      (1) Maya this is some big idiot talking (a he or a she), anyway you can check it yourself from your browser, just give the ip to a professional and he’ll be happy to…
      (2) Bas law mal 3eib wel haya, WALLAH WALLAH WALLAH ma kent khalleit w ba22eit feekon!
      WORLD DESIGNERS my a**!
      (3) More support PEOPLE!

      • Hommus Betheeneh Friday, October 1, 2010  

        OK, apart from my immatur comment!
        What I think can be summarized by:
        (1) Maya’s blog is very creative and innovative… Her posts converge to what the Lebanese people’s thoughts, attitudes and hopes.
        (2) Her pictures are, too, creative, okay, granted that she picked a style for drawing and posting on THIS blog, which is cogent with the whole concept of a BLOG! Enno if you’re gonna post a MONA LISA like this wouldn’t be a blog, would it?
        (3) Time is a key factor, this is in consistency with what has preceeded, simple pictures, direct to the point… This would save precious time dedicated primarily for her JOB!

        Finally, thank you Maya! I, for one, am very picky. But I have come to find in your blog, pictures and the mere style you present your stories by
        very fulfilling! Thank you again, for your posts, besides putting a smile onto our faces, have directed out eyes to serious issues all over Lebanon, our country.
        Sorry, I haven’t revised this for grammar and spelling, but hey, otherwise, it would seem as an affectation πŸ˜€
        Welle ma 3ajabo YROUH YBALLET EL BAHERRRRRRR

  • chantale Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

    Maya ur illustrations simply rock \m/ !! <3

  • Micheline Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

    Great! We’re bala zo2… Proud to be that and to be among your fans Maya. You rock and keep rock’n’rolling! You must be doing something right to get such comments! πŸ™‚

  • Rabih Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

    Go get a life, hater!
    “Criticism” and “feedback” my tush
    And get treated for your lack of brains while you’re at it

    Maya – kudos for taking the high road on this

  • George Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

    Uh-hu, World Designers! What an angry person you are…!! I am really afraid now. You must be so jealous, hu? Go find something else to do, hater.

    Maya Zankoul, your illustrations are great!

  • khalil Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

    great post…can’t wait to see book two (been lazy and not in a shopping mood here recently to get off my duff and get a copy).

  • Rami Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

    Dear Maya,

    I saw you give a presentation about creative commons at GeekFest. While your work is not necessarily bad, and I admit you have distinguished style, I do agree with WORLD DESIGNERS that you’re over-rated as I’ve seen much more talented Lebanese designers less known than you are, though I wouldn’t exactly use her words to express it.

    I understand WORLD DESIGNERS’ frustration, and so should you. Sorry if my opinion is too honest. I’m always willing to re-asses.

    • Stephanie Nour Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      * ‘reassess’.

      • Rami Friday, October 1, 2010  

        You must be the witty one =)

      • Hommus Betheeneh Friday, October 1, 2010  

        “You must be the witty one =)” – Rami
        You must be the MAJLOU2 πŸ˜‰

    • Rabih Salloum Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      Maya’s simple illustration and style on her blog/books are the medium she chose to use in order to illustrate her stories – which all her fans and readers relate to, hence allowing her to succeed.

      Design based comments and critics here, not matter how “constructive” they pretend to be, are simply out of place because Maya is not competing at a design competition nor does she have the pretension to present the most complex or most beautiful illustrations one can do – or even she could do.

      Her style and illustration on her blog/books are a choice. Obviously, this choice can’t appeal to everyone and some people – obviously like yourself or Sabine aka World Designers – might find it ugly or banal.

      My point is that her design and illustration skills can in no way be judged nor criticized based on this blog, for this is the style she chose to adopt – and does not represent the extent of her technical skills.

      If that style does not appeal to some people, then I am sorry to agree with Maya, but these people don’t have anything to do on this blog; and this is in no way “not accepting feedback and criticism”. You can’t ask Maya for “better” drawings because this is not about better or worse. It’s about a certain style, again and again.

      In regards of her success being “overrated”: this simply doesn’t mean anything to me. Her success can’t be over rated because she was not imposed on people: it’s the reaction of the people that made her a successful blogger when she wasn’t even expecting it nor did she have any aspirations for it. Can you help it? Even she couldn’t.

      When something appeals to people, it becomes successful. If it doesn’t appeal to you nor are you able to understand why does this thing appeal to others is a different story. You can call these people idiots, accuse them of ignorance maybe, or lack of taste, whatever.

      But in my very humble opinion, everyone of us should live and let live and do the best they can at what they do. If I were a designer myself and didn’t like the work of someone who seemed to be successful, I simply would look away and focus on my own career and try to be as successful as I can.

      If I, as a musician, don’t like nor do I understand the success of a band like Coldplay for example, I simply have nothing to gain by confronting them, hating on them, or blaming them for my own failure. Instead, I’d look at myself in the mirror and wonder why my own music doesn’t manage to be as successful, and work on it.

      Peace on you and everyone you love,


      • Simon Friday, October 1, 2010  

        Wow! +100000000000
        Dude u took the words right out of my mouth! except u have expressed them a million times better than i would have!

        great comment

      • Rami Friday, October 1, 2010  

        Thanks for that.

        I wasn’t really blaming Maya or anyone for that matter, I was just frustrated with the fact that Maya is on the front of the Lebanese designer front not because of the quality of her designs, but for her very active presence on the web and in the blogosphere.

        Rabih said

        In regards of her success being β€œoverrated”: this simply doesn’t mean anything to me. Her success can’t be over rated because she was not imposed on people: it’s the reaction of the people that made her a successful blogger when she wasn’t even expecting it nor did she have any aspirations for it. Can you help it? Even she couldn’t.

        I think you’re assuming that popularity is always a fair vote from “the people”. It’s not. There are too many influences involved. Maya markets herself and her work very well, and that earned her a lot of popularity. Hands down to that.

        Anyway, I don’t want to get carried away. As you said, criticizing Maya on her blog is like taking a dump on someone’s doorstep, it’s not nice. My remarks are not personal.

        Maya, surprise me/others with your work! That’s all I’m saying πŸ™‚

    • TY Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      how come you are a reference when it comes to designers’ talents? “i think this one is talented, this one is not talented, this one is not talented but has a facebook account bla bla bla”.

      Are you a designer? yes? no? Did you ever produce anything with real value? or you just like to label designers around?

  • Sam Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

    Dear Maya,

    I guess World Designers broke the silence with her comment.
    I think your illustrations -although first of a kind, and were received with all the joy- trigger nothing in case of technique or concept, nor do they contribute to the design/illustration scene in any way. So do the topics you handle, they’re crafted in a very simple/first draft way, more like a drawing diary. Maybe its time to take it up to the next level.. no ?!

    Its good to see the book of a Lebanese designer in the Top 5 at virgin, but frankly i’d expect to see a book of a designer actually investing more time on the concepts and illustrations…taking his/her audience more seriously.


    • TY Friday, October 1, 2010   Reply →

      Dear Sam,
      If you are looking for technique, yaba ino leik malla technique w ni7na jaggileh, go and check some experimental design blogs (you know the ones nobody visits but other lame experimental designers).

      It never was and never will be about how complexe the technique is. In fact, it works in the opposite way! world’s most popular comic artists, like “XKCD” and “cyanide and happiness” use stick figures! Other equally popular artists use the same strip everyday and they only change the text ( .

      Having said that, I think Maya’s technique is so unique and a work of GENIUS! It is so simple, so joyful, so rich, and so unique, yet so hard to produce!

      So dear sam, the next time you criticize someone’s work for being too simple remember that it is really hard to ship simple products, and that’s exactly why people ADORE Maya’s work. And if you think Maya’s work is not good enough, and you wish to have another book in the top 5, then great, farjina 2ouwtik, write a book, and let’s see if u can sell more than 5 copies.

      • Sam Friday, October 1, 2010  

        Dear TY

        I wasn’t aware this was the “most-devoted-fan with smartest reply” contest. Had i known , i would have copied and pasted another “Wow, great work” comment from above.

        But since Maya knows that remarkable work is not achieved just with applause, she’s allowing these comments, and that’s -unlike your reply-, very professional of her and is much appreciated.

        I’d like to thank you TY for enlightening me on Experimental Design, and since u do know of it, you should be aware that involves constant “experimentation, improvement, innovations….etc.” hence ..its name. If that’s not the case it will turn into monotonous, very predictable piece of work, which might happen with our friend here, in case she disregarded the not-so-expected comments. And since your such a devoted fan, u should be equally interested in noting the weak points, rather than just applauding with the crowd !

        The fact that you mentioned “Cyanide and Happiness” proves my point that Maya’s comics could improve from mere Narrating of an incident she had, to something actually funny with an unpredictable ending, through short and witty comics..

        Finally, Dear TY, read a comment thoroughly before you rush into conclusions, some comments are meant to shed light on some points that get lost among the applauding crowd of devoted fans.

        PS: good to know that commenting on blogs is a new tejgeel tool :), i shall do it more often..

        Thanks again Maya for allowing these comments… Good work on the Fan base btw.. πŸ™‚


    • TY Saturday, October 2, 2010   Reply →

      Hey Sam,
      Maya doesn’t need your advice, she is doing just great. She obviously knows what she is doing; her second book is also a national bestseller and her blog posts are getting more exposure then ever.
      Maybe you should use your lame analytical skills for yourself, and if you know that much, maybe you should try to do something worthy yourself badal ma titfalsafeh 3a shighil l 3alam. Till then, I advice you to stop commenting here, you are just humiliating yourself.

      • Sam Saturday, October 2, 2010  

        Dear TY/Maya Zankoul’s attorney,

        The only humiliation goin’ on around here is your replies, that are no better than that of “World designers”, I’m amazed how some of your comments up there weren’t deleted.

        What are you a 12 year old ? … “she doesn’t need your advice”….am i supposed to say : “wa7dak” now ?
        -and i thought i liked your band !-

        And since you furious attorney think that Maya is too perfect for criticism, I’ll not bother to reply on what you have to say next…

        Maya, You must be very proud of such loyal extremist fans πŸ™‚ …..but again remarkable work is not achieved with applause alone .


      • Hommus Betheeneh Saturday, October 2, 2010  

        Dear Sam/Hater,

        Do me a favor, you are detested and abhorred by the crowd over here, do me a favor buzz off (I would wanted to replace “buzz” by a more sincere word, betlee2 be aamtik, bas…) so rouhe ndabbe 3a beitik, OK 3ammo? GOOOOOOOOOD GIRL πŸ˜‰
        We are loyal, and I for one am an extremist, I won’t nuke your ip, GOD forbid, but hey, go pick another successful person and shower him with you constructive criticism and your sense of taste…
        Finally, DO take me for a 12 year-older, enno ya ba ente kteer mature 3a ases! MA ABSHA3IK, BEKRAHIKK πŸ™ Boooohooo πŸ™
        Haha that was fun.
        NEEEEXT πŸ˜‰

      • Rabih Salloum Saturday, October 2, 2010  

        Dear Sam,

        I am not TY and TY is not me, just in case you were confused. Your “-and i thought i liked your band !-” confused me as I am the only person here who mentioned being in a band in my post.



  • Emo Sunday, October 10, 2010   Reply →

    I really think so too=) I have been browsing around the internet for some time today, and its really hard to find something entertaining to read on blogs=) Maybe thats because there are too much of them around =) But your website actually keeps catching my attention. Great posts, and kawai design ^__^. Ill be sure to give it more visits now =]

  • S Monday, November 1, 2010   Reply →

    In three words .. Shame on you!! what the hell is that!!?
    Do you people call yourself “Fans” ?!!

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