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Ancient civilizations used to connect the stars. Our one constant in our world is Earth and our nature. The sky we look at today is the same sky our ancestors looked at, however with minimal variations. Yet, it has always been there, right above our heads. All civilizations have seen patterns among the stars, known as constellations and associated myths to them according to their culture. Meraki is a project about these constellations and their myths and stories that Ancient civilizations, particularly Greek civilizations, conveyed and expresse their own tales about their gods, goddesses, made-up creatures and monsters and simply mortals. Through those myths, one can understand this civilization, their culture, their tradition, their religion and their history. Furthermore, the myths not only provide an compelling tale, yet it teaches one significant and essential lessons that could help individuals in their daily lives. Thus, the aim of this project is to educate about these myths and lessons that are exceedingly valuable and significant. Meraki compiles both myths and new symbols to convey the myths to the audience. Hence, 88 new symbols were designed based on the constellations and its Greek mythology, then produced into jewelry.


Arts Department

First Advisor

Ahmad Saqfalhait

Second Advisor

Bahia Shehab

Third Advisor

Ghalia Elsrakbi

Committee Member 1

Bassem Yousri

Committee Member 2

Engy Aly

Committee Member 3

Mahamad Khalil



Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

Not necessary for this item


This project is part of “ Zoom in Keda- Fourth Graduating Class of Graphic Design Students-The American University in Cairo – Class 2018-2019” catalog. Several global cities have acquired an international rep¬utation as design education hubs by acknowledging the importance of education planning and early learning ex¬periences through providing a structured career path and aligning design skills with the economy’s various needs. Our 8 years old Graphic Design program at the Ameri¬can University in Cairo aims to follow the same strategy, mentoring students on how to channel their creativity and knowledge into reshaping their communities, leaving a positive imprint on their society. Four design segments have been commonly defined in the MENA region’s design sector; namely: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Industrial/Product Design. The title for the fourth design seniors show was “Zoom in Keda “. As with the previous 3 exhibitions, the title builds on the graphic design language in Egyptian vernacular cul¬ture. “Zoom in Keda” is a commonly used phrase in the de¬sign field, told when one wishes to examine the micro de¬tails of a design on screen. The exhibition was held at the AUC Sharjah Art Gallery on December 2nd, 2018, where bachelor projects completed by the fourth graduating class of Graphic Design students were displayed.


This record describes an artistic or creative work which was prepared as part of a course of study at the American University of Cairo. The creators retain all rights to the original artistic or creative works described herein.

Publication Date

Fall 12-2-2018

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