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The Nonnative Creative Podcast

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Nonnative Creative is an interview project featuring individuals pursuing creative work in either a) a country that is not their home country, and/or b) a language different from their mother tongue. How did they get started? What’s difficult about what they do? What excites them about their work? W… read more


How do you Work in Asia? And Are Side Projects Good? with Canadian-Egyptian Creative Ibraheem Youssef

In this episode of Nonnative Creative, Toronto-based Ibraheem Youssef shares about how his road to becoming a creative director (though now he calls himself simply a "creative"). Beginning with the story of his Egyptian-Canadian upbringing, we hear about how Ibraheem started drawing comics for friends and family in his childhood, how he designed a logo for a community member, and eventually attended design school before moving to Asia to work with clients from Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, and more. He explains the challenges of finding a job in Asia (and how he overcame them), and also shares great advice for how to make your work stand out, how much energy you should put into pursuing awards/professional recognition, and why he feels someone with a variety of side projects is probably a person who knows how to think a little differently. Make sure to check out Ib's new YouTube channel and his other personal projects (in addition to his professional work) from the link below! Get a transcript of this talk (and other bonus materials) from the NNC Patreon (your support will help make sure the series can continue)!

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