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Empowering wheelchair users through customizing and personalizing their wheelchairs;Transforming a medical device that is a burden to many wheelchair users into a device for self-expression and empowerment. The aim is to bond or connect the user to their wheelchair, and accordingly connecting them to the rest of the society, by creating accessories that are fully customized to the user’s needs. Two different wheel covers were designed to accommodate this wheelchair, a static wheel-cover and a dynamic wheel-cover that animates as the wheelchair moves. The project was inspired by the story of Egyptian national swimmer Eslam Abu Ali, after being involved in a car accident in 2012, got paralyzed waist down. Conquering all the obstacles by believing in himself, and later on achieving all his dreams; becoming the fastest Egyptianb, and African swimmer. This struggle to conquer the obstacles and achieving his goals were illustrated on the wheel-cover alongside with the animated cover of Eslam swimming in the back. Moreover, the seat, backrest, and arm rest, were all fabricated with breathable diamond stitched leather, with a typographic design on the back of the backrest. The rest of the wheelchair was customized to compliment the wheel-covers and the backrest


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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