Arafat Al-Naim

UDA Medallion 2017

Graphic Designer

Dubai, UAE



Design is a way to bring together the elements to achieve a clear purpose. Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design. To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control and master. Our goal as designers as Hillman Curtis mentioned is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize, and glean insights that enable us to ‘make the invisible visible. Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

The creative work created over fifteen years is a reactive account of knowledge, skills, and qualities acquired during years of study, as well as through continuous academic. professional practice and interaction with global visual design. Our challenge is to design with social impact because design creates culture and culture modifies the future.

• BFA, MFA, Ph.D. in graphic arts and MST in art teaching.
• Academic Leader, graphic artist, designer, and the moving spirit behind international art and design projects.
• Lectured and presented at international conferences and exhibitions in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Italy, North Ireland, Macedonia, Germany, Bulgaria, USA, Canada, Cyprus, South Africa, Tunisia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Egypt, South Korea, Syria, Turkey, Jordan.
• Graphic works of Dr. Arafat can be found in Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas (USA), Portland Art Museum (USA), Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth (UK), Wrexham Yale Memorial Gallery, Wrexham (UK), State Museum Gyõr (Hungary), University of Wales Collection, Aberystwyth (UK), Nord Art – Kunstwerk Carlshütte (Germany) and others.
• Outstanding Contribution to Education (The Middle East Education Leadership Awards 2016), Best Professor in Design (Asian Education Leadership Awards 2014) and “Rhea Baily” Art Award (IBC, Cambridge, UK, 2008) awards Dr. Arafat has received in recognition of his contribution to global visual design, education, and professional practice.