People

Aly Khalifa, owner, product & engineering director, comes to the design profession from a bipolar education at NCSU: Mechanical Engineering and Product Design. His goal is to find the balance of both of these disciplines in each project challenge. Aly’s career is chiefly centered about Gamil Design, a firm he started in 1995. His work experience previosuly included working for the NCDOT, wind tunnel of the US EPA, Performance Bicycle, and teaching at NCSU’s School of Design.

Aly started Gamil in the interest of furthering the synthesis of creative design with creative engineering into a field called invention development. Their specialty in advanced design, engineering and development of sporting goods accessories (skates, footwear, eyewear, gloves, bags) has led them to many clients, including: Nike, Trek, Bausch & Lomb, and Outdoor Products. This has further developed into partnerships between Gamil Design and Asian manufacturers. Aly travels heavily to Asia to realize Gamil’s projects that are produced in mass-market quantities.

Together with a handful of other professionals, Aly and his wife started Designbox in 2001. Designbox is a creative collaborative located in Raleigh, NC with members honing their creative skills at weekly meetings. Designbox members represent some of the finest talent in the area and are responsible for curating monthly shows in their prominent downtown gallery.

Designbox has sprung a number of community projects in which Aly has led facilitation sessions. These have ranged from sculpting undesireable landfills into fun urban parks to rethinking Raleigh’s own self image. The latter eventually led to the creation of SPARKcon- the Triangle’s first Creative Conference that enabled more than 30,000 people in the Triangle area to stake its claim as the “Creative Hub of the South.”

Aly is also a cellist and singer in a variety of Raleigh music projects, including Dear Enemy (Rykodisc) and semicolon (Foreshortened Arm). Most of the rest of his time is dedicated to completing overly-ambitious landscaping ideas.

Beth Howard Khalifa, owner, graphic design director, joined the Gamil Design team in October, 1999, shortly after she and Aly were married. She has degrees in both music (clarinet) and graphic design. Beth and Aly joined forces professionally to add branding and marketing to the services of Gamil Design. Beth specializes in Corporate Identity and Consumer Branding, including logo and ID systems, catalogs, websites, packaging, trade show booths, and advertising campaigns. She has also led student and corporate workshops focusing on subjects such as branding, eco-friendly graphic design and information graphics and design. Whenever she gets the chance, she likes to travel. She sees the sights through the lens, taking enough pictures to make even the most interested person bored with the inevitable slide show.

Britt Hayes, senior graphic designer, joined Gamil in 2006. She received her degree in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. While at NC State, Britt was the editor for Windhover, the University’s literary & arts magazine, and was a student member of the CAM board. At Gamil, she has participated on a wide range of corporate and consumer branding projects that include print, packaging, and web design. Britt is the in-house web guru, specializing in dynamic CMS (content management system) web design. Random fact? Well, this lady can recite the names of all of the US presidents in order from Washington to Obama.

Robert Shanks, product designer, has worked with Gamil Design since 2003. He received his Industrial Design degree from NCSU in 2002, and also has a degree in Computer Electronics which contributes to designing some products. “I have a passion for form giving and 3D modeling — it’s all in the curves. I try to keep up with the latest technologies in computer graphics, modeling and rendering and have been going to Siggraph since 1989. Currently, I’m studying algorithmic modeling in various forms. When I’m not turning design problems over in my head, I’m an artist and musician.”

Megan Sullivan, bookkeeper, joined Gamil Design in late 2009 as bookkeeper and dog spoiler. Megan began her administrative career in 2000 after receiving her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Over the years she has found herself gravitating toward creative firms to lend a hand. When not balancing the books, or walking a dog, Megan spends her time working on her fiber/mixed media work that has been shown locally at Lump Gallery, Flanders 311, the Morning Times Gallery, Artspace, Visual Art Exchange, Glance Gallery, Greenhill Center for NC Arts, and nationally at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY, and Fiberarts International in Pittsburgh, PA.

Angus, greeter, is excited to come to work each day, and always gives 110%. Angus has taken on the role of continuously pushing the envelope of accepted distraction techniques. His special gift is honing in on whoever is most likely to take him on a walk to the bank or lunch. He is also an expert toy flaunter. He is comfortable handling a variety of tasks, from guarding the water cooler to welcoming each guest into the office. He enjoys chewing, eating and sleeping in his off-hours.

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