September 26, 7:30am - 9:00am MST. Hosted at Singer Hall at the PHX Art Museum
part of a series on Color
About the speaker
Safwat Saleem is a graphic designer and artist, and a 2013 TED Fellow. By day, he is a creative director at Arizona State University, one of the largest American public universities. By night, he makes mostly satirical artwork.
In a past life, he founded an online music magazine called Bandbaja, focused on Pakistani music as a socio-political tool. This was his very first creative project. Some of his other previous work includes a short film, picture book and a gallery exhibit about a day in the life of a lonely bear that longs to travel to space and a satirical exhibit about race and immigration-related politics in Arizona.
Recently, Safwat has turned to Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sources to fund his artwork. He has successfully crowdfunded several projects and regularly speaks at workshops and conferences about using crowdfunding for creative projects. Safwat resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife (and a step-dog named James). He works with a number of clients to make their creative projects a success, focusing on supporting small businesses.
AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Formed in 1989, the Arizona chapter serves the graphic design community and those in related fields within the state of Arizona, and augments the activities of the national AIGA. The Arizona chapter presents several popular and well-attended industry events, including Say Anything, web 101 and the FilmBar film series. Our chapter has increased its demographic reach in recent years, with especially strong representation in Tucson and southern Arizona. Our student membership, the lifeblood of our organization, is growing and highly engaged, providing a continuum of representation from designers just starting out through the most seasoned professionals. The mission of AIGA Arizona is to bring programming to the design community which helps to improve design ability, connect complementary disciplines, encourage social impact and promote community excellence.
A vibrant destination for more than 50 years, Phoenix Art Museum presents festivals, live performances, independent art films and educational programs that enlighten, entertain and stimulate. Its unique setting is a wonderful choice to host an event such as a holiday party, business luncheon or a very special ceremony.
Visitors also enjoy the interactive PhxArtKids gallery, vibrant photography exhibitions through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, the lushly landscaped Dorrance Sculpture Garden, dining at the Museum’s restaurant Palette, and shopping at The Museum Store.
Safwat will share five short stories on the theme of color.