This design has been in the works over a year now. We knew that we wanted to make a design dedicated to Gaza, but we wanted it to have the right message. Marcus @moerwijk, the creator of our epic Palestinian Hustle logo, wanted to create something with good vibes so he dedicated himself to learning more about Gaza, and I asked my friends living in Gaza what they would like to see on a design. With this in mind, and with Marcus’s input, this is what we came up with. The Mediterranean Sea provides food, employment, and leisure for the families of Gaza. Even though there are fishing restrictions that limit how far out in the sea the people of Gaza are allowed to go, the Mediterranean is nonetheless a symbol of the culture and lifestyle of Gaza. There is not one area of Palestine that is more beautiful than the other, rather, there are fascinating subtleties that are unique to each region, lending different expressions of the multidimensionality of Palestinian life and culture. We aspired to create a design that expresses life in Gaza in a beautiful way. Something we learned in this process is that the people of Gaza want the world to know their lives are not always sad, and doom and gloom like the media or people portray it to be. There is joy, there is laughter and fun, and there is beauty. The release of this design is our celebration of that and is our commitment to learning about and sharing more of these stories, so please join us!