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Intercultural Collaboration by Design

I am excited to announce that the book I have been working on with Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt is available for pre-order! “Intercultural Collaboration by Design” introduces a framework for collaborating across cultures and features charming illustrations by…

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IAMCR Madrid 2019

I was absolutely charmed by Spanish hospitality this July when I visited the city of Madrid for the IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) Conference. The central theme of this year’s conference was Communication, Technology,…

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MODE 2019 Summit

The MODE Summit in New Zealand was an absolute blast this past week! MODE is a gathering of design educators and researchers who specialize in the area of motion design. The theme for the 2019 edition was…

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BFA Thesis

It has been an immensely rewarding semester co-teaching the 2019 edition of “Senior Studio” with Basma Hamdy, a course that culminates with the production of a Graphic Design BFA thesis and participation in the VCUarts Qatar BFA…

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Reimagining Health & Safety Communication in Qatar

I am so grateful to this incredible group of people for dedicating their time and creative energy to the workshop series “Reimagining Health & Safety Communication for Multilingual Workers in Qatar.” What an honor it has been…

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Designing Across Divides 2019

I worked in collaboration with Kelly Murdoch-Kitt (at the University of Michigan) and Basma Hamdy (at VCUarts Qatar) this past Fall 2018, to engage students in co-creating tools for community change, an initiative tied to the Designing…

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Tasmeem: Behind the Scenes Exhibition

Throughout Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 academic year, I was honored to serve as a member of the “Tasmeem in the Classroom” sub-committee at VCUarts Qatar with Wajiha Pervez, Maryam Y Al-Homaid, and Mahmoud Abbas. This initiative…

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Tasmeem 2019

I am genuinely sad to see Tasmeem 2019 come to a close! It has been a fantastic three-days of inspiring speakers, engaging workshops, and fun activities—led by four incredible women, who also happen to be VCUarts Qatar…

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Future Realities Exhibition

This has been an incredible semester exploring dystopian visions and contradictions of power with students in CoLab, a joint elective co-taught with Basma Hamdy. In this context, my “Design Activism” course joined forces with Hamdy’s “Language +…

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Information+ Conference

The Information+ Conference 2018 was absolutely inspiring! This inter­disciplinary platform brought together a fantastic lineup of speakers who explored a range of historic and future practices in information design and data visualization. The entire event was thoughtful,…

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AIGA Decipher

I am still recovering from jet-lag but wanted to share just a few thoughts about the fun I had this past week at AIGA Decipher 2018. There was so much great energy from all the speakers, participants,…

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Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award

I am humbled to have received the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching award this past week! The recognition was not only an incredible surprise, but an opportunity to share the stage with a group of faculty who continue…

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DRS2018 in Limerick, Ireland

I had the distinct opportunity to participate in the PhD by Design event this June, a one-day event held prior to the DRS 2018 (Design Research Society) Conference in Limerick, Ireland (June 25-28, 2018). This event was established…

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MAKE: 2018 AIGA Design Educators Conference

It was a privilege to take part in the MAKE: AIGA Design Educators Conference at Herron School of Art + Design in beautiful Indianapolis this week (June 7-9, 2018). The conference was an opportunity for design educators,…

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Vested Summit

Wow! I had an amazing time in Guana (Egypt) over the past four days serving as a mentor, workshop leader, and speaker at Vested Summit (May 9-12, 2018)! It was an honor to get to know the conscious tech community—a…

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