Saturday, February 15, 2014


Hello world :),

It's been years since I updated this blog but I have always wanted to keep it the way it is because it covers part of my life from undergrad studies. That being said, I wanted to introduce and invite everyone to my new blog: where you will find my newest and latest work around the field of Design Management. I'm now attending graduate school at Pratt Institute, New York and am loving it!

Hope to see you all there soon and thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, February 5, 2011


Hello all,

I know it's been forever since my last post back in April '10 but I just managed to finish my own portfolio website. Please view it for more of my works, copies of my resume & portfolio and a more up-to-date account on what I've been upto.

Many Thanks :),
Ali Akbar

Thursday, April 8, 2010

إنّ اللّه جميل يحبّ الجمال

A first (but not last) computer-based painting.

It states a phrase from the Hadith:
'Indeed Allah is beautiful and loves beauty'
إنّ اللّه جميل يحبّ الجمال

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Logo Competition

I designed three proposed Logo Designs for a design competition held by the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence for volunteering efforts. All entries utilize the UAE flag colors (a requirement) and can be used as a badge.

For the first design, I made a logo showing two caring hands that are set against the city backdrop.

For the second design, I made a logo with it's shape is based on the official Abu Dhabi brand. A human figure is put in the center with outstretched arms, expressing pride and united efforts.

For the third design, I made a logo with a human figure with outstretched arms looking across the skyline, exuberating a sense of caring for the city. It utilizes the UAE flag colors and can be used as a badge.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Aston Martin One 77

1.5 hour Tonal-sketch of the Aston Martin One 77

Friday, January 29, 2010

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step

رحلة الألف ميل تبدأ بخطوة

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step

(Pen and Watercolor)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Travel Sketches

Below are three quick sketches I did on the flight back from Toronto to Abu Dhabi. (It was non-stop so I had lots of time to kill!)

First two are of two memorable sites in Toronto done in pen:

The former is shows Convocation Hall and a backdrop of the skyline behind the University of Toronto Campus.

The latter shows the Art Gallery of Ontario-renowned for it's interesting design--which I make it a point to pass by on my way to class!

Lastly, I did a tonal sketch of a Porsche Concept. It uses a similar template as the Audi Concept and Bugatti Veyron drawing I completed earlier.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ramsden Park Swimming Pool Complex

As a final studio course, we designed pool complexes for the quaint Ramsden Park. (More coming soon)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

TTC Subway Station Redesign

Noticing that various TTC Subway stations are not covered, I set about designing different stations that were influenced by nearby architectural monuments. I then focused more attention to a station that would be located near the Art Gallery of Ontario by Gehry Partners LLP.

(More info coming soon)

The 'Dirty House' by David Adjaye

Once again, in part of the third year representation course, I closely examined the 'Dirty House' by David Adjaye which was built in East London for two artists. Being a very conceptually-strong project, I set about making a compositional painting (an exploded two-point perspective painting) and a conceptual model that showed the distribution of light inside art-gallery-like home that was centered on privacy and protection in the harsh neightbourhood.