Najeebah Al-Ghadban is a designer, art director, and collage-artist from Kuwait, based in New York City. She received a BFA and MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts. Currently, she is an art director for Apple Books and previously worked for The New York Times Magazine and Abrams. Her work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait and has been published in The Baffler, The Atlantic, The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, amongst other publications.

HarperCollins, Little Brown, Broadway Books, Penguin Random House, Atlantic Records, The American Academy of Poets, StudioWorks, Mary Review, Abrams, Apple, The Atlantic, California Sunday Magazine, New York Times, The New Yorker, Lenny Letter


Select work has been published and featured in Typographic Universe by Steven Heller and Gail Andersen, Process by Richard and Judith Wilde, and The Education of a Graphic Designer by Steven Heller.


The Daily Heller
Georgia Hilmer, Conversations
The Weird Show
Kolaj magazine (print)
Design Envy (online) 
Print (online, 1, 2, 3)


62nd Annual Type Director’s Club,
Graphis (1, 2, 3),
AIGA Fresh Grad
2014 Adobe Achievement Awards

2017 NYT Year in Illustration
2020 NYT Year in Illustration

NYT Mag Labs Awards:
(shared with the team)

SPD Awards:

2019 / Best Spread:
-Gold for “Asteroids and Rockets” (May 2018 Issue) 
-Silver for “Your Ultimate Stargazing Guide” 
(Sept 2018 Issue)

2020 / Design Cover:
-Silver for Puzzles Issue
(Dec 2019)

2020 / Design Feature:
-Gold for “What Music Should I Listen To” (Sept 2019 Issue)
-Gold for “What The Toad”
(March 2019 Issue)
-Gold for “The Anatomy Issue” (Dec 2019 Issue)

2019 D&D Awards:

-Yellow Pencil for the Kids Sections

-Graphite Pencil for the Special Sections

2019 SND Award:

-Gold for Fiction Excerpt,
“If You Were Me”

-Silver for Kids Sections

-Judges Special Recognition

Art Director’s Club:

-Gold Cube for “If You Were Me” Fiction Excerpt

-Merit for Kids Sections


CAP Kuwait, 2014
A 50-piece installation featuring collages from the A White Asylum series. 

Shanghai International Orchid Show, 2014

Art-Expo New York, 2015

A Human World Map, curated by Six Impossible Wishes
Collage Collaboration with Kibele Yarman

Art As Witness: Political Graphics 2016–18,  Oct 6-Nov 3, 2018
SVA Chelsea Galleries
A group exhibition of over 200 satirical and politically charged illustrations, cartoons and animations from over 50 artists.

The Fragmented Self,
Transmitter Gallery.
May 15 – June 27, 2021.
Works by Najeebah Al-Ghadban, Trevor Davis, and James Gallagher.
New York / California