Dr. Miriam Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of graphic design at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, appointed to the Mason Korea campus for spring-fall 2024. Her publications investigate the role and perspectives of underrepresented designers within responsible design. She's previously taught at MICA, NSU, and Howard University.

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Sandology 2024

The Sandology series juxtaposes sands from globally dispersed beaches and allow the viewer to compare geological composition, grain size, color, and texture. The art challenges the confined appreciation of idyllic white-sand beaches and elevates those that naturally occur in gloriously abundant hues and grains.
Exhibition on view April 5 - August 23, 2024 at Potomac Science Center, as part of Mason Exhibitions.

Zillybits Adventures, IGC Research Showcase, 2024

"Zillybits Adventures: Editorial Design in Pedagogy and Practice" conference presentation at the Incheon Global Campus Research Showcase, Incheon, South Korea, May 10, 2024.
Zillybits Adventures 1 Spring Gardening COVER PRESS

Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture 2020

"First, Lessons in Typography" - the annual Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture hosted by the St Bride Foundation in London, UK, Nov 25, 2020.

ATypI All Over 2020

"Typography Education from the Lens of Underrepresented Students" conference presentation at the annual Association Typographique Internationale conference, Oct 29, 2020.

50th Art Faculty Exhibition - in Virtual 3D!

Howard University's Department of Art's first-ever virtual student and faculty exhibitions (May 9 to July 31, 2020) curated by me and Prof. Alex McSwain. Check out the video "walk-through!"


AIGA DC SHINE 2019 and 2020 Mentor!

TypeCon 2019

"Anatomical Grids" conference presentation in Minneapolis, MN at the annual SOTA TypeCon "Nice" conference, Aug 31, 2019.

Pentagram Visit

Howard University Art and Design students visited Michael Bierut and his team at Pentagram’s New York office on October 11, 2018. Students chatted about diversity issues in the graphic design industry with Eddie Opara, Partner at Pentagram, on a tour of the New York studio. During lunch, the students discussed challenges and opportunities for junior designers with Bierut’s team members, Naomi Abel and Katie Rominger.


Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers Say No to the ‘Road to Hell’, Design and Culture. Nov 2019. DOI: 10.1080/17547075.2020.1688042

“Perspectives On Responsible Design Among Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers.” 2018. The International Journal of Design in Society 12(4): 29-44. doi: https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1328/CGP/v12i04/29-44

“Minority Designers – Leading the Charge Toward Responsible Design” 2018 in Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility, 2nd edition, Steve Heller and Véronique Vienne. Allworth Press.

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