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Publications & Research

Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers Say No to the ‘Road to Hell’

2019. Design and Culture 12(1): 31-55


Perspectives On Responsible Design Among Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers

2018. The International Journal of Design in Society 12(4): 29-44


Minority Designers – Leading the Charge Toward Responsible Design

in Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility, 2nd edition, Steve Heller and Véronique Vienne. Allworth Press, 2018.



Dr. Miriam Ahmed teaches graphic design at Howard University in Washington, DC. She is the author of “Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers Say No to the ‘Road to Hell’” in Design and Culture 12(1), (2019), “Perspectives On Responsible Design Among Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers” in The International Journal of Design in Society 12(4) (2018), and the essay “Minority Designers – Leading the Charge Toward Responsible Design” in Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility (Second Edition) edited by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne (2018, Allworth Press with SVA NYC).

She co-curated the virtual 3D exhibitions in the Department of Art at Howard and served as an AIGA DC SHINE 2020 mentor. She facilitated a DC Design Week discussion with Antionette Carroll in September 2019, and presented her research on “Anatomical Grids” at TypeCon 2019 in Minneapolis. Dr. Ahmed served on the 2020 Advisory Review Panel for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and also as a journal reviewer for the International Journal of Communication and Design Principles and Practices. She was a panelist at the Incentivizing Responsible Design: What Makes It Worth It? panel discussion and regularly serves on graduate MFA thesis committees.

Her creative work has been exhibited in the annual Howard University Department of Art Faculty Exhibitions (2014-2019). As Howard faculty, Dr. Ahmed’s courses include Design for Advertising, Magazine and News Design, Web Development and Interactive Media, Desktop Web Publishing, and Typography. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at the American University in Dubai, UAE where she taught 2D Theory & Practice, Computer Graphics and Color Theory.

Dr. Ahmed received her BFA and MFA in Graphic Design at Howard University, Washington DC, and earned her doctorate in Mass Communications and Media Studies at Howard. She was also a Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Rising Star. Her research interests include typeface persona, responsible design, and visual communication in politics. Her dissertation investigated the use of Gotham in Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Dr. Ahmed’s portfolio includes a wide variety of print media ranging from corporate branding, publication design, to event branding and promotion, as well as website design and development. For over six years, Dr. Ahmed served as Webmaster and designer within the largest academic unit of Howard University implementing creative intelligence and best practices into innovative print and web solutions. She was lead designer with several client organizations in the DC area including the Embassy of Jamaica and the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago. Early in her career, as an intern at Lonsdale, Saatchi & Saatchi, she worked on campaigns for Absolut and Hilton. Her graphic work is bold, clean, typographically-focused and she is driven by a passion for functionality and the unanticipated in design.

Dr. Ahmed is a globe trotter and values immersion in diverse cultures. She has traveled from Egypt to Europe, Mideast to Japan, Southeast Asia and throughout the US and Caribbean, and hasn’t seen near enough of the world yet.

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