Miriam Ahmed, Ph.D., previously served as a lecturer at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she taught various graphic design courses, including Interactive Design for Advertising, Magazine and News Design, Web Development and Interactive Media, Desktop Web Publishing, and Typography. She also co-curated the virtual 3D exhibitions in the Department of Art and exhibited her work at the annual Howard University Department of Art Faculty Exhibitions.
Prior to teaching at Howard University, she served as an assistant professor of visual communication at American University in Dubai, where she taught 2D Theory and Practice, Computer Graphics and Color Theory.
She published “Perspectives on Responsible Design Among Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers” in The International Journal of Design in Society in 2018 and “Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers Say No to the ‘Road to Hell’” in Design and Culture in 2019. She authored the essay “Minority Designers – Leading the Charge Toward Responsible Design” in the book “Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility.” She presented her research “Anatomical Grids” at TypeCon 2019 in Minneapolis.
Ahmed served on the 2020 Advisory Review Panel for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and has also served as a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Communication and for Design Principles and Practices.
During her time at Howard University, she also worked as a webmaster for the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, she served as the lead designer with several client organizations in the D.C. area, including the Embassy of Jamaica and the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ahmed earned her BFA, MFA and Ph.D. in Mass Communications and Media Studies from Howard University. She named was a Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Rising Star in 1999.