Vegi Patch is a compost of thoughts on graphic design, life and knitting from an american graphic design teacher in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I've enabled comments for everyone or you can Email me kate at kcarlyle dot com.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

better late

These are some posters that never made it on the blog. they all date sequentially from 2004 to 2005... the little fish poster lists my colleagues from SCA in Raliegh, the Polar Bear King poster lists the actual cast of the movie by that title but has NO other ties to reality, The faculty Show poster is from my first year at Dar Al Hekma - Copies of it are still stashed in offices all over campus.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I have just had one of those truly intense experiences that need months maybe years to sort out. We held a design conference on campus and invited some amazing people to come speak about their work and hold workshops with our students. Graciously excepting the invitation where Tarek Atrissi, Jonathan Barnbrook, Mohammed Harib, Nadim Karam, Anja Lutz, Teal Triggs, Will Brown and Douglas Haddow from Adbusters. In any context this would be a dream line up - at a private woman's college in Saudi Arabia it was a bit surreal. Just a tiny little bit.

From the bottom of my cynical little heart I am grateful to every one who participated, speakers, faculty, students, staff, visitors, and local dignitaries, for the amazing way it all came together. You can't throw a great party if nobody shows up, design is a dialogue, art is a visual medium. Talking to one's self is a monologue and without an audience art has no meaning.

I started the week in Mohammed Harib's workshop, where he explained how he came to produce Freej starting from a survey course he took in animation as a design student and then focused his workshop on concept building. Mohammed's story is inspirational and an example of conviction and determination in the face of clearly insurmountable odds. More to the point he has brought a sensitive and funny face to contemporary cultural issues in the UAE.

Somewhere in the middle I ended up at the Will and Doug Show as they introduced the joys of anti-consumerism and multiple ways to put graphic design chops to socially relevant use. Rise up and resist the brand! (Srsly, put that iphone down.)

I ended in Jonathan Barnbrook's workshop on typography - the project was to pick two concepts from geometric shapes, brush strokes, whisper, swearing and ugly, and then work out at least 5 letters from each.

My sketches got thumbtacked to the board along with all the rest and Jonathan included me in the crit. For the first time in a VERY long time I was on the other side in the spotlight and exposing my convoluted thought process which included chrome filters and fried eggs, very red faced, but survivable – even with Tarek Atrissi laughing at me. Jonathan was very kind.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Royal Jordanian's got my baby

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

We Rock

Dar Al-Hekma just became the first private ACICS (Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools - accredited institution in the Middle East, second school in the Middle East period. First and only in KSA. Bunch of Women did that :)

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