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Hidden Gems: Meet Rita Ghazala of Ghazala – Print & Design

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rita Ghazala.

Hi Rita, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
Hi, my name is Rita; I am 23 years old. I work at the San Diego County Library as a graphic designer. I have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and Bachelor’s in Art.

I have always loved art since I was little. I would always draw and paint; art has been my getaway. I was born in Iraq and came as a refugee to America when I was 11 years old because of the war. During the war, children weren’t able to go to school or leave their houses because it was not safe. During these years of war, I found art, and I started to draw all the time because it gave me peace and made me feel safe. Since then, I knew that when I get older, my career will involve art.

For my undergrad, I studied Art with an emphasis in Multimedia at San Diego State University. During these four years, I improved my art skills and learned new things. One of the classes that resonated with me is screen printing. From that time, I fell in love with screen printing because I was able to create my designs and then print them on apparel and many other things. Once I graduated from SDSU, I decided to create my screen printing shop. I officially launched my business, Ghazala Print & Design in February 2021. Since then I have created designs and screen printed apparel to Lyft Scooter company, UCSD, SDSU, and many other local organizations.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Mostly it has been a smooth road but there were many struggles that I had to face. One of the struggles is getting my name out there and for people to know my business. Another struggle that I faced when I first started my business is not knowing how to start one. I had to do a lot of research and I talked to many people to learn about operating a business and all the licenses that are required. Moreover, I also struggled in finding the right machines and vendors for my supplies.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Ghazala – Print & Design?
Ghazala was created to represent and bring cultures together in a new way. Like our logo design, which blends the letter G in English and the letter غ in Arabic. Ghazala is our family name, and in Arabic, it means deer which represents beauty. Our team creates unique, beautiful, high-quality products that you can’t find anywhere else. Our goal is to encourage you to share your very own style. The mission that prompted the start of the Ghazala is creating a new blend of cultures through quality products and designs.

We create customized designs and print them on apparel, mugs, tote bags, hats, and many other products. We have graphic designers that can create any design our customers envision, from logos to paintings. The thing that sets us apart is that we offer free design service when ordering screen-printed apparel. On top of that, we also provide our branding designs for people to choose from.

How do you think about happiness?
One thing that makes me happy is when I create unique designs and products for people when they were not able to find them somewhere else. I love bringing people’s visions to life. Seeing people’s faces being amazed and satisfied is what brings me the most joy.


  • Shirts ranges from $16.99-$28.99
  • Hoodies ranges from $26.99-$39.99
  • Tote bags ranges from $13.99-$19.99
  • Mugs ranges from $9.99-$18.99
  • Vinyl Stickers ranges from $2.99-$15.99

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