Yusef Alahmad is a Saudi graphic designer and artist based in San Francisco, California while completing his MFA degree in graphic design at the Academy of Art University.
Yusef is currently working on his thesis: ‘Elevating Graphic Design Standards in Saudi Arabia’ and is a full time freelancer, alternating between graphic design projects, editorial illustrations, and art commissions.
In addition to freelance, his work has been featured in Print Magazine (US), Baseline Magazine (US), Alef Magazine (Qatar), Oasis Magazine (Saudi Arabia), Design Magazine (Saudi Arabia), Khaleejesque Magazine (Kuwait), among others and exhibited in numerous shows around the world, including, P21 Gallery x Kalimat Magazine (London),SoulSpace (Oakland, California), Loud Art: Executing Culture Shock (Saudi Arabia), Khaleeji Reinterpreted(Kuwait), Local Not Local: The Arab American Museum/The Levantine Center (Michigan/Los Angeles). Recently, he was a judge in the second annual Arabic Design competition in Saudi Arabia and was a guest speaker at Huna Art to discuss the hurdles facing art & design in Saudi Arabia today.
Yusef’s work is colorful and usually consists of Arabic typography and patterns. He also enjoys printmaking and mixing different media to come up with unique results. He often describes his work as a combination of his past and present–inspired by traditional elements from his childhood and Saudi background fused with influences from his present life in the US.