I am a Black graphic designer, educator, and publisher who was born but not raised in Khartoum, Sudan. My interests include language, form, and specificity. I am also interested in media, Black studies, and pop culture.
I studied at the University of Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Cranbrook Academy of Art, and I've taught at California College of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Purchase College, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
From 2018 to 2020, I was a book designer at the University of Chicago Press, where I designed the second edition of Crusade for Justice, by Ida B. Wells, Myself and My Aims, by Kurt Schwitters, Keats's Odes, by Anahid Nersessian, and several other books. In 2018, I published headgear.pw, which was designed and programmed by Becca Abbe. In 2017, I published Sapphire Tears with Publication Studio SF. In 2016, I began piecing together a project called Samples and Parallels, which I hope to reboot in 2021. Since 2016, I have also contributed to Women of Graphic Design, a project founded by Tori Hinn.
I will eventually turn this website into a blog with periodic updates, but until then, the following lines will highlight things that have either happened or are happening:
February: My solo exhibition, Spotty Congregation, was up at Klemm Gallery. I've been sharing process work and afterthoughts here, and documentation can be found here. Thank you, Trisha Holt, for inviting me to show my work!
March: I gave a talk and led a workshop titled “Text--Spot” in Marie Otsuka's Interactive 1 class at California College of the Arts. Huge thank you to Marie and chris hamamoto for having me!
April: My work has been featured in SPINE Magazine's University Press Cover Round-Up (Schwitters, Myself and My Aims). Thank you, Jordan Wannemacher, for the highlight! ☀ The “Push Black” issue of 580 Split is up. Big thank you to Darius Simpson, Summer Young, Aamina Ahmad, and Livia Foldes for the opportunity to provide art direction. ☀ I've accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and will begin teaching there in the fall.
May: My students at UIC spent the semester examining process, interpreting form, and collaborating on a spreadsheet publication. Our work is included in the School of Design's Year End Show. ☀ I contributed to the latest issue of Amalgam. Thank you, Pouya Ahmadi, for the invitation!
Future: “Scraps: On process, proximity, and Black textual intervention,” After the Bauhaus, Before the Internet: A History of Graphic Design Pedagogy (ed. Geoff Kaplan); Unrealized Archive contribution; María Magdalena Campos-Pons catalog; web-to-print celebration with Omar Mohammad; moving to Providence, RI.
You can reach me via email or connect with me on Are.na.