Peter Gould is an international designer, entrepreneur and creative artist. After embracing Islam over a decade ago, Peter was inspired by a series of spiritual journeys through beautiful cities such as Fes, Damascus, Istanbul and Mecca. This quest for knowledge resulted in a flourish of remarkable creative projects. The BBC has described him as “among those young urban global Muslims leading the emergence of a new Muslim cool.”
The Lebanese Muslim Association has a series of interviews with inspiring Muslim figures and Peter Gould was one of them. Here are some questions and answers that can motivate many regarding Peter’s success.
How does your faith inform you to be a better person?
“My faith informs me what to do every day. Not just how I live, but how I work. The types of work that I do and the types of work I want to do. So that personal journey that I’ve had in the last 10 years or more is a spiritual one, a creative one and a professional creative one. They’re all tightly linked so it’s a really powerful combination.”
What were the challenges you overcame to get to where you are now?
“Fa inna ma’al usri Yusra. That’s a powerful concept. There are challenges and hardships but there is ease as well and they’re all linked tightly. Professionally, certain jobs and projects were coming my way. They were quite good and lucrative contracts that I just wouldn’t be comfortable taking. I did that a number of times and alhamdoulillah many other doors opened up for me where I was comfortably working with like hearted people. So in a way that was a blessing.”
If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?
“I’m passionate about the state of the global Muslim community and right now I’m seeing that how the professional creative practice needs a lot of help. There are not a lot of professional designers or people that understand branding. So I’d love to help through education and through training and through helping developing communities and networking emerging new talents with businesses around the world that want to use that creative talent.”
What is your favorite word?
“This is really cheesy but probably ‘alhamdoulillah’. I use that all the time and you should use that to every situation that comes your way good or bad.”
What amazes you?
“I’m blessed that the studio that I have is right next to the beach so I go for a walk every day or two. There is always something amazing. Inspiration is everywhere. It’s a cliché but it’s true. It could be the smallest thing you see that could change the way you’re thinking about something. I’m amazed all the time, alhamdoulillah.”