Miriam Ahmed, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of graphic design at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She previously taught graphic design at Howard University and at the American University in Dubai, UAE, including courses in Typography, Professional Print Design, Graphic Design I-III, Design for Advertising, Magazine and News Design, 2D Theory and Practice, Color Theory, and Web Development and Interactive Media. She delivered the Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture for the St Bride Foundation in 2020, presented at ATypI 2020 and TypeCon 2019, and was an AIGA DC SHINE 2019-20 mentor.
Ahmed published “Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers Say No to the ‘Road to Hell’” in Design and Culture in 2020), “Perspectives On Responsible Design Among Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers” in The International Journal of Design in Society in 2018, and the essay “Minority Designers – Leading the Charge Toward Responsible Design” in the book Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility.
She has co-curated virtual 3D exhibitions and exhibited her work at annual faculty exhibitions. She served on the 2020 Advisory Review Panel for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and as a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Communication and for Design Principles and Practices. She also moderated the 2019 AIGA DC Design Week keynote address.
While at Howard University, she was named an Outstanding Lecturer of Fine Arts in 2019 and also worked as webmaster for the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, she served as the lead designer with several client organizations in the DC area including the Embassy of Jamaica and the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ahmed earned her BFA and MFA and PhD from Howard University, Washington DC. She was named a Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Rising Star in 1999. Her research interests include typeface persona, responsible design, and visual communication in politics.