Why She Marches: Najeebah Al-Ghadban

Currently, I am a full-time designer at Abrams books, working under the creative direction of John Gall.

SVA has always been representational and supportive of the global citizen. I am one of the MFA Design program’s many international alumni. When I came to the program, I wanted to further my sense of authorship both visually and literally. It has only been a year out, and I am still sweating, pushing, and breaking myself in order to fulfill that dream.

After the inauguration, Abrams came together on a mission to archive, document, and give platform to the voice of the Women’s March that took to the streets of all seven continents to raise visibility for issues regarding immigration, race, religion, health care, environmental protection and LGBTQ rights, among many others.

I was humbled when John offered the opportunity to design this alongside the editors that brought it all together: Samantha Weiner and Emma Jacobs. We worked tirelessly, from weekend to weekday, to get this book to the public’s hands and keep the fire of the resistance burning.

This book came together the weekend of the Immigration Ban, where protests were erupting all over airports across the country. Our focus wavered, but stayed the course, knowing displacement for many people, possibly myself included, would not be far off, in one shape or another, and we were moved to speak. In addition, to their editors’ notes, Samantha and Emma, who are now family, asked me to contribute a designer’s note.

It was at that moment that I realized our voices as designers should not only be confined to form, function, and beauty, but to also speak out against injustice. Design has the power to promote propaganda, but it also has the power to unite and heal. Efficiency and speed is sometimes the closest tool for planting seeds of hope and resilience.

All royalties from this book will be donated to the following nonprofits associated with the Women’s March: The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the Transgender Law Center, and CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations).

We are celebrating the Book Launch at Powerhouse Archway in Brooklyn on Tuesday Feb 28, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm. It would be beautiful to see familiar faces there!

Najeebah Al-Ghadban is a graduate of SVA MFA Design class of 2015. Her latest project Why I March is available on Amazon.