Collaging is a tender and patience-oriented craft—there are few people in today’s digital era that can pull it off.
Najeebah Al-Ghadban—or just Najeebah, as she calls herself—is one of those people. I’ve been following her instagram for a while now, and whenever one of her new pieces pops into my feed I always feel like it’s a treat.
She manages to pull all the right emotional strings—humor, sadness, aggression and love. And she makes it look so damn easy.
There’s an entire community of hobbyists who spend their spare time colorizing historical photography.
One gathering and sharing place is /r/ColorizedHistory on Reddit, where the users are “...dedicated to high quality colorizations of historical black and white images, and discussions of a historical nature.”
Their work helps us view the past in a different light—almost as if it were the present—just by coloring images in a manner that allows them to be more relatable. Going through the posts turns into an adventure. It’s like seeing things for the first time, even though the subject matter isn’t necessarily anything new.
As designers, taking a moment to really dig into an interesting experience such as this can help us apply similar rethinking in other areas of our life—and work. Hope you enjoy.