Intentional design with heart
and powered by faith.
In this digital age, where you can learn about a person by doing a quick Google search, sometimes you can’t get a complete picture of who this person is. Digital snippets of a person often portrait the highlights and gloss over the struggles. I realize that I am somewhat of a private person so writing a post like this scares me but I believe this post will help you to get to know me better. This is the Maha Manifesto.
Who I am
I’ve always been a creative minded person. Growing up in Montreal, Canada, the arts have always been a constant companion. Being able to express my creativity nourishes my soul. I pursued a baccalaureate in Film Animation at Concordia University learning about the art of animation, movement, drawing and puppets to name a few. After university, I took a job indirectly connected to the film industry. 4 years later, I lost my job. While I learned a lot during that 4 year period, in the end, I saw job loss as a relief.
With a new sense of freedom, I decided to take a 12 week course in Graphic Design to further my higher education. I genuinely enjoyed the experience and knew that this knowledge would help me in the future. With marriage on the horizon and my husband-to-be already living in the United Arab Emirates, I decided to take the plunge and move across an ocean. I’ve been living in exciting Dubai for the past 10 years and learning everyday. With opportunities on the horizons, I admit to falling into freelancing. When I chose to work on my own, this offers me the flexibility to live life on my terms. I started my own business in late 2016 and it’s a huge learning curve. (still learning!)
I’m an introvert and accepted my true nature a few years ago. Once I knew that there is nothing wrong with being an introvert (thank you Susan Cain!), I’ve become more comfortable with who I am. I’m also an INFP-T, which stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Prospecting personality. Also, I think you can tell by my logo that my favourite colour is purple.
What I represent
I represent the ones who wish to do better in the world. Let’s face it, the past couple of years have been hard on the collective consciousness. The hustle culture that has been building up for decades is seriously being questioned since the pandemic hit. We are forced to take stock of who we are, what we really want in life and what we want to leave behind after we have left this earth. The product and services we create need to be intentional, can help to improve the lives of others and be kind to the planet. As a graphic designer, I hope to help everyday business owners have a solid visual foundation for their endeavours.
My vision & values
My faith in God is my guide throughout my life. All my actions and behaviours follows the principle of Islam, to the best of my abilities. I am very grateful to God and his creation which has changed my outlook in life. Honesty, transparency and integrity in myself and others is what I value greatly. I don’t believe in the rush, instead opting for slow growth. In fact, I was never a multitasker and prefer to be a monotasker. My introverted nature makes me cautious and careful. I don’t want to create noise for the sake of it, I want to create a gentle impact. I truly care about people and try to always be empathetic to their struggles and needs and compassionate to others. My approach to creativity has been a holistic approach. I ask a lot of meaningful questions, try to get to the heart of the project and listen with intent.
How I would like to help and empower others
I believe in partnership with like hearted people, where our values align. I believe that design should be intentional, and help solve a problem. Design has a purpose. I genuinely want to help people live up to their full potential.
The work that I hope to create for you would help reflect your true nature, is unique, resonates with your tribe, fosters cooperation, represents you and create connections with the world.
For lifestyles and female focused businesses who are seeking a holistic and meaningful approach, to branding and graphic design services that transform, my offering is to design and help craft my client’s dreams.