MFA Thesis: Abjad Orientations

20.32 × 25.4 cm (8 × 10 in) | 178 pages

My MFA thesis at RISD investigates verbal and visual language through a lens of translation, queerness, and diaspora. Looking at graphic design as a reconciliatory space, I make use of its formal and typographic systems as devices to tell stories, examine cultures, and negotiate conflicting principles.

Abjad Orientations is a process of shifting the viewpoint to reorient myself and/or my audience and allow for a closer probe of our cultural reality. My eclectic identity as a Queer, Muslim, multilingual Arab living in the United States drives the form and content of my design inquiries to reconcile aspects of my selfhood.