Ardavan Hp
Apr 11, 2018 · 7 min read

A job seeking application concept designed for Refugees


Brain save is the product of today’s news and current state of the world. The idea came about as when i was searching for a proper idea for my personal project, i wanted it to have a significant meaning to it, and for it to serve a purpose to the world, rather than just mere design for the sake of the aesthetics.

The application is designed to help the registered refugees to build their resume and be able to be viewed by companies and land a proper job that suits them and the skills they have build over the years.

The idea was to have a simple User Interface that can be understandable to use by anyone, even people who haven’t used apps before. Also that the application will only be usable to the registered refugees, not the people who have not been registered yet. This is because the people who are registred already have been documented by the UNHCR ( United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ) and already allowed into the country, and have the UNHCR number, so profiling them is much more easier.

Also that the people who are registred are the only ones that can work, not the people inside the camps.

The design focuses on only essentials, that way you don’t over complicate the process for someone, neither the employee or the employer. The skills and requirements they want is right there and registered and are striped from any unnecessary information.

-Problem and Evidence

Opposite of BRAIN DRAIN

All these countries have been taking in refugees but the problem here is that they can’t support all of them financially, and that causes their conditions to get worse. At the same time there is an opportunity here, where a lot of these refugees, are talented human beings, and just need a proper platform to present themselves.

You can see this condition as opposite of Opposite of BRAIN DRAIN, as all these talented people are in your country and just need the right position, to be able to contribute.

While other countries, such as the United States and Canada, have remained relatively consistent since the year 2000, nations located close to Syria have seen a rapid increase in refugees since 2012.

At the end of 2014, there were 19.5 million refugees in the world and a total of 59.5 million people forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations. That is the equivalent of 42,500 people every day. If you were to create a country made of all those displaced people, it would be the 24th largest country in the world.

In the past year or so, most refugees have been coming from Syria; in 2014 it was Afghanistan. Contrary to Western criticism that the Middle East is not doing enough, 95% of all Syrian refugees are now hosted in neighbouring countries. Turkey has welcomed 1.59 million refugees while Lebanon brought in 1.15 million. Iran has 982,000.

While the Syrian crisis dominates headlines, the volume of refugees flowing out of Afghanistan and Somalia is no less troubling. Pakistan hosted the second-largest number of refugees last year due to the 2.59 million Afghans seeking refuge. Meanwhile, 1.11 million Somalians were forced to flee home, many relocating to Ethiopia. Over half of all refugees are children under the age of 18. The UN’s 2015 humanitarian appeal for Syrian refugees was just 61% funded by the end of the year.

Funding shortages mean that the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon receive just $21.60 per person month or around US$0.70 cent a day for food assistance, well below the UN’s poverty line of US$1.90. 86% of Syrian refugees in urban areas in Jordan are living below the local poverty line.

Conflict in Syria

According to the UN around 250,000 people have been killed and 13.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria. More than 50% of Syria’s population is currently displaced One-in-every-two of those crossing the Mediterranean this year — half a million people — were Syrians escaping the conflict in their country

International Resettlement

In total, 162,151 resettlement places have been offered globally since the start of the Syria crisis, which equates to a mere 3.6% of the total population of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey. At least 450,000 people in the five main host countries — or 10% — are in need of resettlement according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Amnesty International is calling for at least 10% of Syria’s most vulnerable refugees to be offered resettlement or other forms of admission by the end of 2016.

Birth of the Idea

The idea came from challenging and attaching my design skills for greater good, and rather than just creating something for pleasure and aesthetics, create something for helping others. The need they have for jobs and money is evident, also evident is that there are a lot of talented people among them and all they need is to have a platform that is properly designed for them to showcase their resume.

One of the things that really stuck with me, was seeing the above image of a syrian father selling pens as carrying his child on his arms. Luckily he got the attention of the media, and i saw him getting help through proper medias.


The challenges faced during the work was to resist the temptation of over complicating the design, for the sake of personal satisfaction. Also trying to simplify comes with the challenge which is to create something that works on the actual phone screen.

Because of the use of the monitor, you can easily be tricked into thinking that the design is perfect and will look as good on the iphone screen. The first design was filled with info that after i transferred it to the phone, it really showed.

The concept of DON’T MAKE ME THINK was the main guidance throughout the design process. And at times it helped keeping the design on track cause it made the designer step back and look at the work and ask :

Does this need to be here ?

Does this need to be here on this page ?

Does this need to be here now ?

These questions helped with shaping the design.


The outcome of the design work was really fulfilling, as i have send this to my friend who is in berlin and is a programmer, and we have been pitching the idea and getting good feedback, and hopefully we will build it for real for UNHCR to use.

One element that i enjoyed making was the symbolic and philosophical elements that i managed to incorporate in the design, from the design of the logo which was inspired two major themes in arabic culture, one being turtle, and one being the arabic word for immigrant, Mohajer, and taking them apart and bringing them together in a new way.

Studying Islamic colors also brough the use of Green color. Green comes up a lot in Islamic history. It was the color of the flag of the Fatimid Caliphate, the last of the four Arab caliphates. During the crusades, Islamic soldiers wore green to identify themselves. (Likewise, crusaders avoided green in their coats of arms, just to be safe from friendly fire.)

Some say the banner under which Mohammed fought in the war on Mecca was green with golden trimming. (The flag is currently locked away in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey — we don’t really know what color it is.) For centuries in Persia, only descendants of Mohammed, known as the Sayyids, were allowed to wear green turbans — anyone else would be punished for it. Green was also favored by the Ottoman Empire, which after the Tanzimat reforms of the mid-19th century dyed its secular flags red and its religious flags green. More recently, the color has become associated with Hamas, which sports a bright green flag.


Ardavan Hp

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Ui Ux Designer with love for psychology, philosophy, books and occasional a** kicking ;)

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