I’ve been partnered with Isla to create and exchange gifts. We communicated several times through video calls to get to know each other. We spoke about our practices as designers, hobbies, and different activities that we enjoy doing.


Isla is from Scotland, currently living in Vancouver. She likes reading a lot and loves typography, which made me think of the idea of making her a bookmark designed in Arabic calligraphy. I decided to write her name “أيلا” in a Teal background color because it’s her favorite color.

Final draw

I used black ink and a reed pen to draw her name in Arabic calligraphy. After that, I scanned it to my laptop and created two overlapped layers in black and white in a Teal background color. Finally, I printed the design on thick glossy paper.

Final design