Saturday, June 27

Dubai - DIamond of the Middle east & Ramadan - the holy and pious month

burj khalifa as seen behind the emirates national flag
The Burj Khalifa, named after the Head of Emirates and supreme of Abu Dhabi

While many say its a bad time to visit Dubai during Ramadan, Its the time, the very TIME,
one should visit Dubai to see it in its full cultural vibrance. 

Grandest of structures build in modern world. I wonder, the effort placed in building the Pyramids
This Monument is a marker in world calendar, of Arab culture and its importance in this world

From the Fasting to Iftar, prayer timings to getting together at night, it gives a close look at Arabic community at its finest. Interlaced by a fabric of global expats, it is woven in such a intricate way that no other place can neither be this inclusive and restrictive at the same place when it comes to regional traditions and practices. 

The Burkhalifaj and the Holy moon near zenith
The Arabs were great astronomers, mathematicians and navigators. seeing this, i belive the idea of scientific enquiry is back

The Great Kings of United Arab Emirates, have been visionaries and for them, we have a nation upholding the framework of islam yet building an inclusive kingdom, that even the multi - ethnic West should look to for learnings. 

Ramadam Dubai Lights on the boulevard Burj Kahalifa
The lights of ramadan over Boulevard named honouring their King

Tuesday, June 23

Design trends - minimalism is now grayscale too

Minimal will remain in style for another year

For business websites, going wafer thin and minimal with light weight drops for additional info seem to be the flavour of the season.

minimal greyscale apple webpage
Grayscale skeletal design 

Checked out the new #Apple Store websites and the whole theme has gone even more minimal. Rather Skeletal. 

Apart from retaining their less uncluttered feel, the move to Greyscale for most of the text and icons have added a certain strength or solidity to the feel.

It translates to an impression of "clear, I know what I am doing and how well", crisp greyscale & "authority" concept for Apple store clearly works in Apple's flavour

crisp clean and authoritarian apple webpage
Crisp, clean and authoritarian text

The Interesting bit is, a month back, I had a new set of the good old business cards printed and it looks inspired by Apple.