Photo by Kasia Wozniak
I am a designer, educator and researcher interested in new narratives and practices in design that push the disciplinary boundaries and definitions of the discipline. I am currently Programme Director (Head of) Graphic Design at Camberwell, Chelsea, and Wimbledon Colleges of Art, University of the Arts London (UAL) where I oversee BA Graphic Design, BA Graphic Design Communication, Graduate Diploma Graphic Design, MA Graphic Design Communication and MA Global Collaborative Design Practice. I previously held positions at Brunel University London and London College of Communication (University of the Arts London).
I obtained my Ph.D. in Design from Goldsmiths, University of London and I am a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform, and founded Kalimat Magazine (2010-2016), an independent, non-profit publication about Arab thought and culture. My research focuses on decolonising design, possibilities of design education, design culture(s) with a focus on the Arab region, the politics of design, publishing, and social design. My first book Designerly Ways of Knowing: A Working Inventory of Things a Designer Should Know was published by Onomatopee (2022). I am working on forthcoming monograph Design Otherwise: Transforming Design Education in the Arab Region (Bloomsbury, 2024).
Prior to my academic career, I worked in advertising and marketing for companies like Matchstick, DDB, and Isobar.