Aisha Sheikh
Designer, Strategist, Educator, Entrepreneur
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Just For Fun

I'm a visual and kinesthetic thinker, so I make things for fun. From iLab experiments with arduinos, to logos for communities, to social painting parties, typographic designs and photography. 

Constructing a 3d printer from waste

Constructing a 3d printer from waste

Self-watering garden

Self-watering garden

When humidity of garden reaches below a certain point, sensors will indicate and increase humidity to grow herbs.

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Acrylic - 24x18

Acrylic - 24x18

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Life Matters

Life Matters

Poster created for the AIDS Foundation fundraiser. 

Thousand Network Rebranding

Thousand Network Rebranding

Volunteering for Sandbox Global's  rebrand to Thousand Network. It was a process that included 1000 members, over a span of seven months. 

Thousand Network Logo Brainstorm

Thousand Network Logo Brainstorm

Once I had a concept, I created various concepts that were related, until I finalized a few concepts.

Logo Concepts

Logo Concepts

Starting off with naming the community, we finally landed on the logo concept. 1000 members voted on the color and we finally completed the visual identity.

  Brand narrative :  Thousand Network is a mobile society of remarkable young people. We cook up molecular gastronomy, perform pop sonatas, build social empires, and craft radical policy. We bridge geographies and disciplines, designing opportunities for meaningful conversation, collaboration, and discovery. We are bound by our curiosity and creativity, and a value system that emphasizes kindness and integrity as much as ambition and accomplishment. The world is our lab, and altruism is our currency. With over 900 members in 40 cities on 5 continents, we’re connecting tomorrow’s global leaders today.  curiosity  audacity  generosity  playfulness  vulnerability  We began with explorations in texture and color, which, through multiple feedback rounds eventually led to a more symbol-driven motif. The logo had to be a symbol that could resonate with a global demographic, was ethnically ambiguous, and gender neutral.  We first explored different potential concepts:  Exploration 1: Circles > warmth and playfulness  Exploration 2: Building blocks > support  Exploration 3: Thinkers and doers > lateral thinkers, vertical expertise  Exploration 4: Nations and flags > global identity > 30 nations > 30 patterns  Exploration 5: network > cross-overs > intersections > asterisk  To pursue the process, the branding narrative and visual teams voted and chose: “Exploration 5: network > cross-overs > intersections > asterisk”.  From there, the visual team went back to the drawing board to draw this concept out into 4 stages:  Exploration 5a: development of pattern and texture, to create an ID that represented the dynamic quality of our group. Intersection of Depth and Dynamism  Exploration 5b: Refinement of ID, digging deeper into the symbolism behind the motif, and color concept development  Exploration 5c: Narrowing down over 200 different iterations, typeface study in parallel within working group  Exploration 5d: Bring concepts down to 2 options and 3 color palettes

Brand narrative:

Thousand Network is a mobile society of remarkable young people. We cook up molecular gastronomy, perform pop sonatas, build social empires, and craft radical policy. We bridge geographies and disciplines, designing opportunities for meaningful conversation, collaboration, and discovery. We are bound by our curiosity and creativity, and a value system that emphasizes kindness and integrity as much as ambition and accomplishment. The world is our lab, and altruism is our currency. With over 900 members in 40 cities on 5 continents, we’re connecting tomorrow’s global leaders today.

curiosity

audacity

generosity

playfulness

vulnerability

We began with explorations in texture and color, which, through multiple feedback rounds eventually led to a more symbol-driven motif. The logo had to be a symbol that could resonate with a global demographic, was ethnically ambiguous, and gender neutral.

We first explored different potential concepts:

Exploration 1: Circles > warmth and playfulness

Exploration 2: Building blocks > support

Exploration 3: Thinkers and doers > lateral thinkers, vertical expertise

Exploration 4: Nations and flags > global identity > 30 nations > 30 patterns

Exploration 5: network > cross-overs > intersections > asterisk

To pursue the process, the branding narrative and visual teams voted and chose:
“Exploration 5: network > cross-overs > intersections > asterisk”.

From there, the visual team went back to the drawing board to draw this concept out into 4 stages:

Exploration 5a: development of pattern and texture, to create an ID that represented the dynamic quality of our group. Intersection of Depth and Dynamism

Exploration 5b: Refinement of ID, digging deeper into the symbolism behind the motif, and color concept development

Exploration 5c: Narrowing down over 200 different iterations, typeface study in parallel within working group

Exploration 5d: Bring concepts down to 2 options and 3 color palettes

Mobile Application

Mobile Application