Danah Abdulla

(b. 1986, Kuwait), lives and works in London, UK

I am a designer, educator and researcher. Currently, I am Programme Director of Graphic Design at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Art, University of the Arts London. I have previously held positions in the Design department at Brunel University London where I taught on Product and Industrial Design, and in the Design School at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. I obtained my PhD, titled Design Otherwise: Towards a Locally-Centric Design Education Curricula in Jordan, in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London (2018). I am also a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform. In 2010, I founded Kalimat Magazine, an independent, non-profit magazine about Arab thought and culture.

I obtained my MA in Social Design (2012) from the Maryland Institute College of Art and my BA (Honours) in Communications (2008) from the University of Ottawa. I have worked for DDB as a Digital Cultivator, hunted down online influencers for clients like l’Oréal, Maybelline, Carlsberg and others at Matchstick, a word of mouth marketing agency, and worked at a modelling agency where I handled public relations, marketing and events.


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Email me: danah.abd[at]gmail[dot]com 

Danah Abdulla・2020