New job musing

Bringing you exclusively..my new desk!

Actually, a more accurate depiction would be:

I'm still in euphoria-mode from new job. I guess the reason behind this can be simplified as follows [metaphorically speaking]

a while back... there was a box.

I know I’ve been talking a lot about this new step in my life, but this blog has always been and will always be the space to express myself, and I just had to draw those. Late night musings. This new job/setting/experience/life has given me splashes of motivation, positivity, that I can hopefully pass on to you as well πŸ™‚

Yea at this stage I wouldn’t be surprised if I started liking techno. Ok not that much πŸ˜› Here’s a [everything-but-techno] song for you πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day!

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To new beginnings

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Wish me luck! Today’s my first day at my new job! A big thank you to Ayman Itani who made it happen; he is the person who has most supported me ever since I started the blog. Forgive me for not posting much, but the whole move and CC Beirut are taking up a lot of time.

I wish you all a wonderful week! Here’s Lhasa de Sela’s De Cara a la Pared from her fantastic album ‘La Llorona’. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Amalgam goes on TV!

Remember when I told you about my Birthday wish of turning Amalgam into an animated series? Well…… *drum roll* ……. it was actually a sample to submit to LBC intl [Leb TV channel]Β Β to feature it at the end of their night news!!!!!!!!!! And….. it got accepted, 1st episode will show starting April! I’m SO thrilled about it!!!! See you tonight on the news πŸ˜‰

Announcing… CC Salon Beirut

Remember when I went to Jordan for CC Salon Amman? Well, now we’re finally organizing CC Salon Beirut with the help of Donatella, Habib, Naeema & Mohamad!

What I’d like to share with you is the design process of the poster, which is a collaborative design between the talented Naeema Zarif and myself, Γ  la Creative Commons πŸ˜‰

Step 1: I designed this

Step2: I sent it to Naeema, who sent me this back!

Step 3: I tried to mix both designs, CC-style πŸ˜‰

And… lo and behold, the CC Beirut Salon poster… [click to enlarge]

What do you think?

Now the next step is to SPREAD THE WORD! Join our Facebook event, and if you’re a blogger, download a banner from the options below to add to your blog!

160 x 800

150 x 417

160 x 200

150 x 90

Share away! And don’t forget to follow the updates on Twitter, follow @CCBeirut, and use the official hashtag #CCBeirut and join the Facebook event.

As for the line up of presentations at the event, here it is:

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*PRESENTING ARTISTS*
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CC for music
> Meen The Band, Lebanese Rock. Live music
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Michelle Keserwany, Jagal el USEK

CC for visual arts
> Naeema Zarif

CC for photography
> Lara Zankoul – 365 project
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Samer Nakfour – Analog photography

CC for media
>Β Jessica Dheere – SMEX

CC for filmmaking
> Cyril Aris & Mounia Akl – Beirut I love you (I love you not)

CC for comics
> Samandal
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Maya Zankoul

CC for geeks
> Leb Geeks

See you all at OBROS, Clemenceau on April 16 πŸ˜‰ And to end it with music released under Creative Commons, here’s another song from Meen: Superhero

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Illustration for self-expression

I was very happy to give a workshop at Nasawiya about using illustration to deal with your frustrations. I had a great time, met lovely people, and we all drew and chatted about illustration. Add to that cake and juice, how better can it get? πŸ™‚

I’d like to thank Nadine Moawad and Joelle Hatem for helping me to organize it, Jessica Dheere from SMEX for the projector, and everyone who attended for their participation and making this fun!

Here’s the outcome of the workshop, for more photos, check out the Facebook photos.

My illustration of the event:

Maya Zankoul workshop at Nasawiya

Nadine‘s funny -true story- comic: [click to enlarge]

Joelle‘s existential cartoon πŸ˜€ [click to enlarge]

A 12-year old girl, Alice El Asmar, surprised us all with her AMAZING TALENT, she’s a real pro [wacom and blog and all!]

Jessica‘s cartoon who looks just like her!

Nadim’s also kind of existential cartoon

Abeer‘s drawing against photography restrictions in Leb – She’s right!

Ali’s Gemmayze demonstration:

If your drawings aren’t here, please send them to me at maya.zankoul [at] gmail [dot] com!

Have a lovely weekend all πŸ™‚ I’m off to play some piano…

Live from ArabNet – Day 2

All I can say is that ArabNetME conference KICKED A**! Congrats again to all who participated to making this event as successful as it was. I am proud of you all for organizing such a successful event to encourage the web in the Middle East and allow the “big” people and the “new” people to mingle. You have exceeded my expectations by far! πŸ™‚

Presenting the Arabic Web Font during the ideathon – Photo credits UxSoup

Presenting the Arabic Web Font during the ideathon – Photo credits Ayman Itani

Some updates

Here are some events to add to your busy calendars for Wednesday, Dec 16th

1- Will be giving a talk at AUB at noon, Nicely107. Theme: Expression through image (vs. txt) Β by modern youth in Leb.

2- Will participate to a round table at the French Culture Center at 6:30PM along with Stavro Jabra & Armand Homsi, moderated by Julien Le Bot.

Hope to see lots of you in those events πŸ˜‰ Cheers!

Introducing Live Tweeting!

And now… the project that has been keeping me just a little bit busy from you!

Live tweeting is a real-time interactive web application for multi-language live coverage, based on micro blogging service twitter. Dec 9 – 10 is “the” internet event of Europe, Le Web, and this application will allow Arabic speakers to follow the event live & translated! I will also be translating on Twitter tomorrow.

I got to design the livetweeting visual identity & website, and got to do some illustrations that you can discover throughout the website πŸ˜‰

Here is a scoop for you my darlings:

Illustration to represent LiveTweeting from the floor of Le Web:

Illustration to represent Crowdsourced Arabic Translation:

Illustration for wrong URL page (404):

Illustration for Error page (500):

Now it’s true that I’ve overnighted a couple of times on this project πŸ˜› , but the biggest credit is due to the team who worked on it, Samer Karam (who came up with the concept), Beshr Kayali (who developed the whole site! and in very very short time!), Mohammad Kayali (who did the amazing video you just watched!), and supporters, contributors: Meedan.net,Β Maroun Najm, Omar Christidis, Habib Haddad, Emile Cubeisy, Elie El Khoury… What do you guys think of the outcome?

See you tomorrow on www.livetweeting.com!

And last but not least, here’s a beautiful song to brighten up your day πŸ™‚ ‘Make Peace’ by Brad Mehldau & Pat Metheny (WHAT Β a combo!)

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Pre- & Post-CCF exhibition photos

Here are some photos from the preparation & organization of the CCF exhibition.

First, we went to Hamra & Gemmayze vandalizing the walls (with the help of Darine & Chantal)

Photo by Chantal Akkary

Photo by Chantal Akkary

at T marbouta

at T Marbouta

at T marbouta

Then, with the help of Julien Le Bot, was the time to put up the posters at the CCF couloir.

Way in...

Way out...

Last, but not least, the opening! Thanks to all who made it πŸ™‚

Photo by Rawad El Hoyek

Photo by Rawad El Hoyek

Photo by Rawad El Hoyek

The exhibition is ongoing at the CCF until December 22! πŸ™‚

I’ll now leave you with some spanish guitar to brighten up your day! ‘Big Brother’ by The Stephane Wrembel Trio, from Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona soundtrack. Enjoy it πŸ™‚

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'Amalgame' poster exhibition

You”re all invited to the launching of the exhibition “” that will contain brand new posters of comics. See you there! πŸ˜‰

Date: Monday, November 23rd 2009

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Centre Culturel Français

This exhibition is within the CCF”s event “Point, Ligne, Bulle” about drawing and all related activities in Lebanon. I got to design the event identity, here”s a snapshot for you πŸ™‚