Design Lecture Series: Nika Simovich Fisher

On November 9, we welcomed Nika Simovich Fisher for a lecture presented as part of the Fall 2021 Rutgers Design Lecture Series, free and open to all. Register at

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Nika Simovich Fisher is a designer, writer, and educator based in New York. She is a partner at Labud, a multi-disciplinary design and development studio.  As a design educator, Nika teaches interaction design at Parsons School of Design as well as at The University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about helping students develop a clearer sense of themselves that informs their research and design work. Nika’s written work focuses on how design changes over time, particularly on the internet. Her work is published in The New York Times and AIGA Eye on Design. Nika was born in Belgrade, Serbia and grew up in the United States. She holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and is completing her masters degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Design Lecture Series: Shiraz Gallab

On October 26, we welcomed Shiraz Gallab for a lecture presented as part of the Fall 2021 Rutgers Design Lecture Series.

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, Shiraz 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.