Mazen Ghani

Mazen Ghani


For as long as I can remember, art has been my outlet of escape. Bored out of my mind at my older brother’s countless middle school choir performances forced me to look for entertainment outside of what was on stage in front of me. The same pamphlets that my parents hoped to keep in remembrance of my brother’s performance quickly turned into pieces of art that would be kept for a different reason. Design––large or small, expensive or cheap, flashy or simple––can have the power to do something as grandiose as change the world or something as small as make someone’s day or get them to think of something in a different way.

I love to use different styles and mediums of design to create something that has never been seen before that often might go against the grain of design standards for the sake of pushing design forward into the future. Hip Hop is my favorite genre of music and has a history of having artists in the genre pushing against the grain of what is deemed as acceptable and “good” art for what has already been previously established by previous artists.

My design aesthetic typically leans towards a sharp, clean, high-contrast composition that favors minimalism and cleanliness, yet is loud and inviting to the viewer. However, using styles that lean towards a more an organic, messy aesthetic is something that I’m using more and more in my work; the contrast of a rough, eroded, organic elements fused with sharp, high-contrast non-organic vector elements is something that I hope to show in my style and portfolio of work.


For as long as I could remember I’ve been intrigued by the idea that some of the most compelling, creative design surrounds and capacitates us without us even being aware of it. Bad design sticks out like a sore thumb because it doesn’t provide for us in the way it was meant to. Rather, it becomes a nuisance and gets in the way of us living our lives happily and stress-free––I’m sure you can think of a number of designs that stick out in your mind each time you come across them, not because it is designed well, but because it was designed poorly. I love the idea that design is literally intertwined into every single facet of every ones’ lives, designer or not, yet the very best design goes unnoticed and is invisible most. My manifesto combines my love for music and audio production with motion graphics to give the viewer a glimpse into my mind, how I see and assess design that surrounds me, hoping to spark the curiosity in others who experience my manifesto to think about good, hidden design in their lives and how it benefits them more than they might realize.