Safwat Saleem

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.

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Additional details

Safwat will share five short stories on the theme of color.