Laimah Osman: Graphic Design
I am a visual storyteller who enjoys multidisciplinary and collaborative work. My design process is unique in that I use my background and skill sets in studio arts, graphic design, teaching, and user experience design to produce engaging learning experiences.
↓ GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR INCINERATOR ALTERNATIVES
↓ LIVING CITIES
↓ SPELLS FOR BLACK WIZARDS
↓ SALAAM ALAIKUM SERIES
↓ ISHQNAMA / THE BOOK OF LOVE
↓ ACTIVISTS’ GUIDE TO ARCHIVING
↓ CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Design for Print and Web
Recently, I worked with Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) to design a series of digital and print assets for their campaign to expose a crisis in the global trade of recyclable plastics. I designed a 46-page report incorporating essays, case studies, original photographs and information graphics to educate readers. I designed and developed a WordPress website to summarize and share the report globally. I also designed one-page summaries (translated into three languages), postcards, and social media graphics for this campaign. Through a collaborative process, I developed a concept that met the goals of the project and continues to gain attention in major media outlets.
User Experience (UX) Design and Illustration
I worked with Living Cities to design and illustrate a graphic depicting their racial equity framework. Through a collaborative process, I developed a concept that was closely aligned to their brand standards. This process yielded a graphic that met the goals of the project and serves as the foundation for their racial equity reporting.
Spells for Black Wizards
Consulted in Bookmaking and Design
Candace Williams’ chapbook Spells for Black Wizards is designed to be experienced as a fold-out map. The poems, along with a broadside index of spells, are all nestled in a shimmering portfolio. This book is designed by Emily Raw and edited by Natalie Eilbert. I advised in the bookmaking and design process. I suggested making this a non-linear book as well as advised on some design elements.
Salaam Alaikum Series
Printmaking Collaboration with Sahar Muradi
These are collaborative monotype prints that I made with Sahar Muradi. As Afghan American women we share histories of war and displacement. We chose these poems from her chapbook Gates. Her poem “Salaam Alaikum” is concerned with how daily greetings take on new tenor in times of war.
Ishqnama / The Book of Love
Bookmaking, Printmaking and Self-Publishing Collaboration
Ishqnama/The Book of Love is produced and published by the Persian Poetry Project (PPP) and 10 Grand Press. We aimed to introduce women’s voices through the translation and representation of pre and early-Islamic poetry written by women of the Central Asian region historically known as Persia. We printed poems by Bedeli, Rabia Balkhi, and Zebun Nisa. Each book is unique, numbered, and signed. The type and imagery are inspired by the classic manuscript of Ferdowsi’s Shahnama/The Book of Kings.
User Experience (UX) Design and Development
I worked with Witness for over three years. The WordPress Multisite Network I designed and developed translates their content into Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic. Their website can be accessed and read globally so people can find important information on how to safely and effectively document human rights abuses.
Activists’ Guide to Archiving
User Experience (UX) Design and Development, Illustration
I collaborated with Witness’ Archivists to create their Activists’ Guide to Archiving website. The website had to be accessible, easy to navigate and read, and easy to maintain. I developed the website in Drupal using it’s translation modules to translate the content and its features to Spanish and Arabic. I produced graphics to illustrate highly-technical concepts for non-technical readers.
This website is now folded into Witness’s institutional WordPress website. It can be viewed using The Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20130821162429/http://archiveguide.witness.org
Chamber Music America
User Experience (UX) Design and Development, Illustration, Photography
As a Website Developer at Chamber Music America (CMA), I expanded the functionality of their custom built Drupal website by designing templates to promote CMA news throughout the website, adding social media feeds to the homepage, and handcoding HTML/CSS templates to offer print articles online. Under my watch, the website became more vibrant, stabile, and easier for my coworkers to update in-house than previous versions.
Beyond the website, I designed and developed HTML emails and postcards for their events and designed their sponsorship prospectus to help bring in revenue. This project included photography, original illustrations, and visual design.