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Like many academics this year, the Summer of COVID-19 has been one for the history books. Each of us has been challenged personally and professionally in ways we never expected. We are at a crossroads of many, forging ahead and yet...

This February, the College Art Association (CAA) Conference brought together scholars and creatives from a range of disciplines to discuss art and design practice, education, history, and futures. During this four-day event, Kelly and I were proud to participate in two...

Epic exhibition opening today for "Nuqta: end of the line" at VCUarts Qatar! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and joined us—including alumnae, faculty, staff, students, and Diane von Furstenberg!  The exhibition features work produced in my collaborative course “CoLab: Future Realities...

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 illustrator Tammi Heneveld. This...

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, and Human Dignity:...

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 (inter)play, the way...

It has been an immensely rewarding semester co-teaching the 2019 edition of "Senior Studio" with Associate Professor, Basma Hamdy! Our students worked on a wide range of topics for their thesis projects, ranging from space exploration and mental health, to...

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 to work together...

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 Across Divides Conference...

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 aimed to engage...

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 alumnae! They did an...

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 + Context” course in...

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, inclusive and beyond...

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, and keynotes—it's hard...

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 to inspire me...

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 as a vehicle...

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, researchers, and practitioners...

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 diverse group of...