The Creative Monologue

They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality. — Frida Kahlo

The way Frida Kahlo interpreted her body, ethnicity, disability and relationships made her a national hero in Mexico and a true feminist icon all over the world. Through her paintings she has brought forward a raw and authentic depiction of what it is to be a woman.

Frida is renowned for her self-portraits in vibrant colors, using them as a way to depict great pain and love. Here’s what Frida’s Story can teach us about determination and being creative.

The Creative Monologue is an odyssey guided by Gia Almuaili to ignite your creative spark.

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Mixing Lo-fi Nostalgia and off the grid design tends with Arabic Calligraphy

I see the Lo-fi nostalgic psychedelic design trend everywhere recently, brands like Match.com has recently rebranded it’s identity to fit that style. Given the year we just had, many are taking refuge in time travel. Retro user interfaces, film-inspired aesthetics, and psychedelics are all becoming popular sources of inspiration for creatives. Expect to see more 70s-80s styles being recreated for digital interfaces, as well as “destructive” techniques that wear out pixel-perfect graphics. …


How to be Culturally Intelligent

As companies continue to expand globally and technologies enable seamless communication across greater distances, workplaces are becoming increasingly multicultural. As a result, employers want employees who can adapt their behaviors to work in these culturally diverse settings. This skill, called “cultural intelligence,” or CQ, is quickly becoming a new currency in today’s global job market.

The concept of cultural intelligence was first introduced by professors Christopher Earley and Soon Ang in 2003. Cultural intelligence is a measure of a person’s ability to understand differences in their environment and to adjust their behavior to fit any…


Seeking Inspiration From The Rain

Yesterday I went for run at the park and got super drenched in the rain on my way back. Boulder is certainly having its fair share of rain this month, but rather than get bogged down by the gloomy weather, I thought of ways I could use my surroundings to spark creativity! Here are 5 ways to find design inspiration from the rain.

Dusky Overcast


It’s More Than a Logo

Zsa Zsa Gabor is a great example of Personal Branding

Branding is important because not only is it what makes a memorable impression on consumers but it allows your customers and clients to know what to expect from your company. It is a way of distinguishing yourself from the competitors and clarifying what it is you offer that makes you the better choice

For starters, branding is way more than just an iridescent dash of colors (aka logo). It includes everything you do, or claim to do as a business — even if your organization is only about you.

Put differently:

Your brand is the…


The Whole Process

The Personal Story :

Very soon I will be owning a service dog, but I haven’t been around or interacted with large dogs before. And although Service dogs come in all shapes and sizes, Seizure Response Dogs (SRDs) tend to be on the larger side of the sale. The top dog breeds that are the best choices for people with Seizure Disorders are the following Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, Golden-doodles, German Shepherds, Collies, and Newfoundlands. A seizure response dog is a dog that is trained to perform various behaviors in response to a seizure. The tasks of a seizure response…


UI Buttons & Animation

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My Attempt with IBM’s Unity SDK (Voice Recognition & Speechtotext)

*(The IBM Cloud Unity SDK Core is a core project of Unity SDKs generated using the IBM OpenAPI SDK generator.)

First thing’s first, I tried downloading IBM’s Watson API and I tried to follow 4 different tutorials on youtube as well as IBM’s Github Repository’s instructions and unfortunately failed. However, despite the trials and errors, I later found out after much research that :

A) IBM’s Watson is no longer supported by Unity (you can still download it, create an account, and…


Sharing what I’ve learned about SDKs to make your life easier.

The augmented reality (AR) ecosystem is thriving. I’ve noticed that this semester with my critical makings class that there’s never been a better time to consider how your product offering can be extended into AR. I’ve also learned that the right SDK will depend entirely upon the precise requirements of your project. I believe that the demand for AR apps is anticipated to soar in the couple of years, thus it is vital to know where to begin your search for the appropriate augmented reality SDK.

What Is an…

Gia Almuaili

Strategic Communication | Designer | Design Thinker | Researcher | www.giaalmuaili.com

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