Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab is a designer, educator and publisher who was born but not raised in Khartoum, Sudan. She is interested in language, form and specificity, alongside media, Black studies and popular culture. In her work and research, Gallab pursues text as a generative device and publishing as a source of disruption. She is the founding curator and co-author of Samples and Parallels, a publication that invites participants to respond to an appropriated text. In 2018, she wrote and released Headgear, a collection of fragmented passages designed and programmed by Becca Abbe. In 2017, she published Sapphire Tears, a soft poster that addresses her emotional downpour.
Gallab’s work has been featured in IDEA Magazine, Amalgam, Eye on Design, Women of Graphic Design, Spine Magazine and Ficciones Typografika. Most recently, she contributed to the second iteration of The Life and Death of an Internet Onion (orchestrated by Laurel Schwulst and edited by Meg Miller). In 2022, her writing will be included in After the Bauhaus, Before the Internet: A History of Graphic Design Pedagogy (edited by Geoff Kaplan). She will also be included in the forthcoming issue of Unrealized Archive (edited by Jon Sueda and Chris Hamamoto).
Gallab has lectured at Rutgers, Yale, Parsons, Google, California College of the Arts and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she was an AICAD Post-MFA Teaching Fellow at CCA from 2015–17. She holds an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.