Dubai Design Week 2018: Highlights From the Global Grad Show

Exploring the theme "Belief in AI," many students approached their projects from a health and wellness perspective

With a salacious quote by Cedric Price, “Technology is the answer, but what was the question?” Brendan McGetrick opened the fourth edition of Dubai’s Global Grad Show, one of the main attractions of Dubai Design Week. For this year’s show, McGetrick selected 145 graduation projects by students from 85 design schools and universities across five continents. The theme, “Belief in AI,” centered on the necessary questions around …

Dubai Design Week 2017: Global Grad Show

Design problem-solving from 43 countries across six continents

Sometimes graduate shows can be a mixed bag. There are great ideas but poor output or beautiful products without much to say. That said, some such shows are exceptionally interesting, and this is the case with Global Grad Show. The international showcase, now in its third year, has already become one of the main events of Dubai Design Week—on the radar of visionary companies, design …

Dubai Design Week: Aljoud Lootah’s Yaroof

An other-worldly geometric installation on the beach that references the area’s fishing heritage

In the middle of the hot sand at Dubai’s city beach, multidisciplinary designer Aljoud Lootha’s artwork “Yaroof” somehow manages to look both alien and totally at one with its surroundings. The Emirati designer has been involved in multiple projects that interpret traditional Emirati craftsmanship, using it as an inspiration for contemporary pieces. It’s not an unusual way of working—plenty of the designs at the recent …