About Me


Bio & Career Highlights


Denielle Emans specializes in the area of visual communication with an emphasis on bringing sustainability knowledge and intercultural communication together to fuel creative action. Denielle has taught at the University-level for over eleven years and encourages students to think of themselves as influential craftsmen and storytellers with the ability to lead change. She describes her design practice as a universal language that works across disciplines, industries, and borders to move beyond consumer products to consider environments, interactive tools, and engaging experiences.

Denielle is currently an Associate Professor in the Graphic Design department at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar and a Ph.D. Candidate within the Centre for Communication and Social Change at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She holds a Master’s degree in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University’s School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.



Mentor & Share


Make & Discuss


Think & Publish


Form & Meaning


Illustrate & Photograph


Create & Innovate

Career Highlights


Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar

Currently serve as an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Department, specializing in the area of experiential design in relation to the conceptualization, development, and execution of visual messages for social change and sustainability.

Zayed University (Dubai, UAE)

Provided teaching in the specialized area of Graphic Design as it relates to the conceptualization, development and execution of visual messages. Specialized subjects include, but are not limited to, Typography, Web Design, Packaging, Design for Social Change, and Motion Design.

Mottis (Raleigh, NC, USA)

Art Director responsible for strategic planning, project estimation and art direction of creative work. Developed concepts and designs for campaigns, identity systems, invitations, posters, signage and web design for regional clients including Capital Bank, PPD, Sensus ... and more.

Sprocket House (Chapel Hill, NC, USA)

Founder & Senior Designer working as part of a small team to provide graphic design and web development services to organizations and businesses in the Research Triangle of North Carolina. Specializing in advertising and web development services, the firm also offers e-commerce and content management system solutions.

Peace College (Raleigh, NC, USA)

Director of Web and Publication Services working directly for the Vice President of Marketing & College Relations in developing the College website, online marketing initiatives, videos, advertising, direct mail, annual publications, and other miscellaneous printed materials. Dealt with multiple vendors and honed the ability to work within a brand’s established identity system while pushing its creative limit.

William Peace University (Raleigh, NC, USA)

Taught graphic design courses in a hands-on studio environment using the latest industry standard software while emphasizing design thinking and problem solving. Courses included: Typography, Imaging, Design for the Screen, Motion Design and various graphic design studios.


As community engagement becomes increasingly important in the field of design, collaborative practice has become integral to my research. I am particularly interested in the intersection between intercultural communication, participatory tools, and social change.


As an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, I specialize in the area of experiential design in relation to the conceptualization, development, and execution of visual messages for social change and sustainability.


As an active graphic designer, I develop print and web design solutions for clients ranging from small start–ups, to large corporations. I’ve worked with global clients including the World Bank and locally-based companies such as Tilt Inc.

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