The Nuqta exhibition featured work produced in my collaborative course “CoLab: Future Realities + Design Activism” co-taught with the always inspiring, Basma Hamdy with the support of our wonderful TA Faheem Khan.  In the exhibition, students reinterpret the past and present...

Whirling Hybrids: A Dichotomy Of Belonging by Rabeya Khatoon First Advisor Diane C Derr Second Advisor Denielle J Emans Third Advisor Levi Hammett Fourth Advisor Dr. Sean Roberts Abstract Migration is a phenomenon wherein individuals relocate from one country to another, albeit temporarily or permanently, for numerous reasons. The State...

This semester-long journey emphasizes creative independence, agency, and self-initiated making that is oriented toward design practice in the greater contexts of design, industry, culture, and the world. As part of this process, students bring together their knowledge, skills, and experiences to...

Future design practices will be situated in an unpredictable world—technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. The designer’s crucial task is thinking about what our future will look like and how we will interact with it. This project challenges students to reinterpret...

Illustrated stories are fast becoming a popular form of culture in the GCC Region and rich locally-sourced stories can make a valuable social and cultural contribution. Although Bloombury Qatar Foundation has produced a series of Arabic books that are a...

This project serves as a starting point towards finding connections between design and community engagement while helping develop students' confidence in their abilities as a researcher. As a community-researcher, students learn about the lives, experiences, opinions, and ideas of people...

As a visual form of language, typography has cultural and social meaning embedded in its use. Typography can emphasize information, provide personal connections to an observer, and create deep emotional resonance. As such, this project explores how design can be...

Gender Beyond Binary by Sidra Zubairi First Advisor Diane C Derr Second Advisor Basma Hamdy Third Advisor Denielle Emans Fourth Advisor Rab McClure Abstract Transgender individuals challenge the binary definition of gender accepted in Pakistani society and as a result, Pakistan’s transgender community is highly marginalized. Pakistani society regards transgender...

For this Imaging II project, students created two binary posters to reflect two opposing emotions (ie. confidence vs fear), time-periods (ie. past vs present), selves (ie. how you see yourself vs how others see you), or even melodies. The goal was to...

Design for Disassembly - A Circular Approach by Wajiha Pervez First Advisor Denielle Emans Second Advisor Diane Derr Third Advisor Richard Blackwell Fourth Advisor Micheal Wirtz Abstract As the world becomes increasingly aware of the need to better care for the environment, innovative business models are helping to counter the...

Sound Perception: Encapsulating Intangible Voice Memories in a Physical Memento by Mona Mahmoud Makhlouf First Advisor Denielle Emans Second Advisor Thomas Modeen Third Advisor Rab McClure Fourth Advisor Sean Roberts Abstract We live in a very busy world with a variety of sensory stimulation including the olfactory, visual, tactile, and...

Three is an exhibition based on three components of design: condition, action, and effect. It was produced by students in their third year of the Graphic Design program and taught by three faculty: Basma Hamdy, Levi Hammett, and Denielle Emans....

With an introduction to 3D modeling, this multi-phase project asked students to navigate basic 3D rendering technology and translate a vector illustration into three dimensions. Once complete, students printed their characters on a MakerBot and hand-painted the character models. For the...

For this assignment, students devised a series of experiments to explore a chosen verb through typographic formal compositions. Each student aimed to develop a unique visual representation of the word based on its meaning using single letters or different words. Following...

This scaffolded project asked students to utilize the environment, city and/or immediate surrounding space as a basis to create a grid for a modular typeface. Using the found grid system, students playfully engaged in a design process that utilized components...

This project asked students to choose a (perishable or non-perishable) product that satisfies an essential need for a “makeover” using experimental print formats. The goal was to take the mundane package and breathe life into the item using a system-based...

This project was a collaboration between GDES students and MAHATAT, a public art organization located in the Middle East. During the collaboration, students worked to revive the magic of traditional ‘wonder-boxes’ by developing prototypes in English and Arabic, while considering...

Sustainability—it’s a word we hear a lot. We casually refer to sustainable choices, products, and lifestyles, but what exactly is this idea of sustainability? In order to unravel this buzzword, nineteen Graphic Design seniors from Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus in...