I design flags, logos, books, and digital apps. I have worked with and consulted for non-profits, social movements and a wide range of arts organizations.

Hamsa Flag

The Hamsa Flag Project is a series of performances and workshops that revolve around a nationless flag.

The Hamsa Flag is designed to open up a conversation about the future of Israel/Palestine, hybrid identity, Sephardi/Mizrahi history, post-nationalism, binationalism, borderless culture, and intersectional movements & alternate socio-historical imaginaries.

You  can read more about the project's journey in this essay published in Protocols in January 2018.

The colors of the flag, turquoise and copper, signify activation. In some craft traditions, the turquoise stone is used as eye at the center of the palm. In the case of this flag, the turquoise eye has been abstracted into the background, into an ocean of turquoise behind the open palm. The rays that emanate from the palm are copper, the element (Cu) from which the compound Turquoise is created via the process of oxidation in water. 

Thus the flag’s image reveals an elemental, latent source resting on the backdrop of an activated Turquoise expanse. The hamsa in this formation is designed to represent a vast, shifting, hybrid community of many tribes–and beyond the very notion of tribe–of many nations– and beyond the very notion of nation–emerging from a common elemental source.

The hamsa is an apotropaic symbol: a symbol that attracts the viewer's eye while turning it away (from the Greek: apo, away, tropos, turn). The hamsa is usually used, or worn, as a protective ward. By placing the hamsa on a flag, the object intends to serve as a collective ward against negativity of all kinds.

For inquiries into custom printing and designing versions of the Hamsa Flag email tmhaviv@gmail.com.

Woven

Co-designed my children's book, Woven, with Lucy Andersen. Illustrations by Sibba Hartunian.

Available for purchase on Amazon, SPD, and at Ayin Press.

Flag of No Nation

Co-designed my debut book of poetry, Flag of No Nation, with Lucy Andersen. Forthcoming in Fall 2018.

Available for pre-order here.

Virtual Strike 1.o

Download full PDF here.

A theoretical collective boycott tool designed to deal with surveillance. Your data would only be scrubbed once a large enough amount of people (a critical mass) also sign on. Once it hits that point, there is an automatic collective withdrawal of support, so the tool has more of an impact. Illustrations and design by Madeleine Richter.

Geneword

An algorithm and bot generates all possible combinations of prefixes and nouns, and can place the "new words" randomly in a range of texts of different genres and forms, using the Natural Language processing and the Markov chain algorithm. We are using two sets of nouns: the first is "all nouns," which consists of 55,191 words, and the second is a smaller set that we are calling "common nouns," which consists of 1525 words. By using 168 prefixes, the algorithm produces over 9 million "new words," not counting redundancies. 

Haggadah Cover

Designed this Haggadah cover for @jfrejnyc‘s Mizrahi | Sephardi Seder. The background is an archival photo of a 1971 Mizrahi Black Panther party rally. The word Haggadah is in Bukharian, Ladino, Arabic (Judeo-Arabic), Hebrew, Farsi, Georgian and English. 🤲🏼🏳️🌳 + the four questions of the Seder, the fourth of which: “as a Sephardi or Mizrahi Jew, with your history, what do you see as your role in fighting for the liberation of all people?”

Logos

Logo for Waxwing, an educational lab; an animated logo for Kaf Collective, an independent press; and the initial concept (final design by Lucy Andersen) for the logo for Nishmah, a documentary filmmaking studio.