Dubai Design Dates 2019

2019 looks to be another busy year for design events in here in Dubai and as ever they will be even bigger and better this year. So what do we have to look forward to?

Art Dubai 2019

20-23 March

So to kick off the year we start with one of the biggest art events in the region with over 90 galleries from over 40 different countries exhibiting across four galleries.

I’ve attended this event for last five years and generally really enjoy it, it’s a great opportunity to take in some art and culture as well as a spot of people watching.

World Art Dubai

3-6 April 2019

World Art Dubai is the region’s largest affordable retail art fair that provides a unique fusion of art, entertainment and education; welcoming art lovers, corporate buyers and private collectors. Take a look at the wide range of art pieces including Crystal, Glass and Ceramic art, Photography, Digital print, Wood and Stone art,Stone art, Ink, Pen and more in various styles like Street Art Contemporary Conceptual art and more.

Find out more.

INDEX 2019

17th - 19th September 2019

The region’s largest interior design event, connecting 50,000+ architects, interior designers, retailers and procurement professionals with interior furniture and furnishings suppliers.

In 2019, INDEX will be part of Middle East Design and Hospitality Week (MEDHW), the biggest celebration of all things design and hospitality.

Downtown Design

12th - 15th November 2019

This years Design Days Dubai has found a new home at Dubai Design District (D3). Heading it to it's 6th year this predominately interior design focused fair looks set to be even bigger and better with a programme of workshops, talks, mentoring sessions, installations and a record number of exhibitors from around the world. These will include; the return of Coletivo Amor de Madre (Brazil),  award-winning multidisciplinary Atelier Marko Brajovic and the The Crafts Council, showcasing eleven contemporary makers from the UK.

Get a taste of what's to come at Design Days Dubai

Dubai Design Week

Date: TBC

2017 will be the Third Dubai Design Week and just like last year the programme looks set to grow once again, so expect even bigger and better things from this years event.

The line up and program is yet to be announced but keep and eye on Dubai Design Week for further information.

Fikra Graphic Design Biennial 01: Ministry of Graphic Design

Date: TBC

Fikra hosts this wide-ranging exhibition and curatorial initiative dedicated to graphic design in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Anchored in Sharjah, but extending to the wider region and beyond, the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial will offer a global platform to promote the role of graphic design in the 21st century.

The exhibition explores how graphic design creates a departure point for dialogue, research, and design thinking; how it influences the present; and how it will imagine potential futures.

Sole Dxb

Date: 6th-8th December 2018

Once again Downtown Design will take place over three days during Dubai Design Week, at Dubai Design District (d3). The trade fair, the only platform in the Middle East for the region’s design trade professionals, is back for its forth year and will showcase the best in furniture, lighting, kitchen, bathroom, accessories, textile new technology and accessory brand from around the world.

For more information visit: Downtown Design

Graphic Design Contracts. What should be in them?

Fledgling graphic designers might be ready to take on the world with their creativity and skill but they will also need to be clear, concise and specific in their design contracts to ensure that once they are hired, all parties will be informed and satisfied with the terms and conditions.

Here are 8 main things designers should consider to include in their design contracts:

  1. List out the various stages of the project, the deliverables, the time required and the cost for each stage. If the brief changes half-way through the project everyone can be clear that if additional work is required. It will be costed accordingly. Listing out the stages helps the client to understand the process and what they should expect at each stage, as well as allows designers to work with the client to put a timeline in place of how the designer will work towards the end goal.Transparency is key to a successful project and a good working relationship with the client. If you are not transparent from the start, then this may lead to issues later down the line. Listing the terms and conditions clearly in the contract allows the client to be clear on what basis the project will be undertaken by the designer. These T&C’s can be discussed and amended, depending on the client and the project.

  2. Make sure to have enough information to allow you to put together a detailed quote. The quote forms the basis for the contract between the designer and the client. If the client agrees to the quote then they are agreeing to the terms and conditions within the quote. Once the contract is drafted, the client may ask to clarify or amend some parts of it which can be reworked for the mutually-agreed final contract.

  3. Specify how long a quote and a contract are valid for. Costs and circumstances may change so it is important to clarify the validity and timeframe of each document. This projects the designer in case a project is cancelled or is stalled for a significant amount of time then the designer can charge for the work carried out to date.

  4. Make the payment terms clear. For bigger jobs you can usually include an advance payment over a certain budget and a final payment on completion. This arrangement helps with cash flow and to cover any expenses you might need to incur for the project. It is an added incentive to get the job completed within the agreed time-frame. Make sure to inform the client that all working files will only be supplied to them upon full payment of the completed project. This gives the designer some protection should there be any issue with payments.

  5. Specify amount of amends included. I usually include two rounds of amends within in the price of a project and let the client know that additional amends can be costed separately. The reality is that designers often end up doing more than two rounds of amends, and it is good to make it clear and have a limit. I’m sure we all have had that client who has never-ending final tweaks and changes, which need to be brought to a stop or recharged for. Otherwise a job soon goes from being profitable to costly and time-consuming as it is taking you away from more paid work.

  6. Make it clear what languages you are working in, for example English, and that translations are not included unless clearly stated in the quote and the contract. If a client wants a logo in English and Arabic then this must be outlined in the cost as the designer may require the services of an Arabic Artworker to adapt the English logo to Arabic.

  7. Make sure to clarify from the start if any stock images, llustrations /photography/ retouching, print and production are included or not in the quote/ contract. We don’t want clients to think that the quote includes printing of materials, like business cards for example, and be disappointed or upset once they find out they aren’t.

New Branding Projects

After a busy six months freelancing over the hot summer here in Dubai I have finally got around to adding some I my recent branding work.

Skill Consortium Branding & Logo Design

The first project is branding and logo design for Dubai based Freelance licensing company Skill Consortium.

View the full project here.

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Chalet Branding & Logo Design

The second is a new brand for an old forestry hut turned ski chalet situated in the heart of the French Alps.

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View the full project here.

Tyler Davis-Smith - Emcee. Branding

And finally, I have been working on a new brand for Dubai’s favourite Emcee - Tyler Davis-Smith.

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View the full project here.

Full-Time Freelancer

I finally did it.

After years of working for agencies in London and here in Dubai I finally to the leap to go full-time as a freelance graphic designer here in Dubai. 

So if you would like to discuss a project please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Dubai Design Dates for the Diary 2017

Once again in 2017 Dubai will play host to a number of Art and Design related fairs, exhibitions and events across the city. Here are some of the key dates for your diary.

Art Dubai

March 15-18, 2017

The Eleventh Art Dubai takes place in mid-march at the Madinat Jumeirah and at various locations across the City.  Art Dubai is one of the regions biggest international Art Fairs, showcasing artworks from over 90 galleries form the UAE and around the world.

I have been along to take in some of the works on show for a number of years now and I can assure you the fair never fails to disappoint, with such an large number of galleries exhibiting, there is certainly something for everyone. 

This year's program highlights includes:

The Global Art Forum, titled 'Trading Places' - which will explore the relationship between the economy of goods and ideas that constantly shape who and where we are.

The Modern Symposium a series of talks and presentations by renowned curators, scholars and patrons which will focus on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

To see the full program and information on how to attend Art Dubai visit: www.artdubai.ae

Design Days Dubai 

14th – 17 March 2017

This years Design Days Dubai has found a new home at Dubai Design District (D3). Heading it to it's 6th year this predominately interior design focused fair looks set to be even bigger and better with a programme of workshops, talks, mentoring sessions, installations and a record number of exhibitors from around the world. These will include; the return of Coletivo Amor de Madre (Brazil),  award-winning multidisciplinary Atelier Marko Brajovic and the The Crafts Council, showcasing eleven contemporary makers from the UK.

Get a taste of what's to come at Design Days Dubai

Dubai Design Week

13th - 18th November 2017

2017 will be the Third Dubai Design Week and just like last year the programme looks set to grow once again, so expect even bigger and better things from this years event.

The line up and program is yet to be announced but keep and eye on Dubai Design Week for further information.

Downtown Design

14th – 17 November 2017

Once again Downtown Design will take place over three days during Dubai Design Week, at Dubai Design District (d3). The trade fair, the only platform in the Middle East for the region’s design trade professionals, is back for its forth year and will showcase the best in furniture, lighting, kitchen, bathroom, accessories, textile new technology and accessory brand from around the world.

For more information visit: Downtown Design

Sole Dxb

Date: TBC

Sole DXB has certainly become a firm favourite on the Dubai Design calendar over the last few years, home to all all things footware, fashion, design and alternative culture in The Middle East, this event has grown year on year and I don't expect 2017 any different. Little has been announced regarding this year's event but keep and eye on Sole DXB for further news on line-ups and dates.