However, while mindlessly scrolling your Facebook homepage, you definitely haven’t come across what we are about to show you; Egyptian Environmental Architect Faried Omarah has taken excerpts from the Quran and illustrated their sentiments in a contemporary, Instagrammable fashion.
The results will make you go ‘a-ha!’. See for yourself:
“The Quran is so beautiful and most people don’t really see that because of the language barrier,” says Omarah. “I tried to use design and images not to ‘explain’ the verses, as people say, but to make them think about it.”
As insightful as his work may be, Omarah maintains that the images are not meant to be inspirational, but rather thought-provoking. “I want people to ‘think’ when they look at what I do, not ‘feel’. Most of my work is only in black and grey— the drawings are not colorful, not cheerful. What people find in them are ideas not feelings.”
Having graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Omarah bemoans the lack of creativity in his day to day work assessing the energy consumption of buildings. “There’s not much room for aesthetics in this field, like in the normal practice of architecture.”
So Omarah unleashes his artistic license through graphic design.
By Salma Thanatos Rizk