Miriam Ahmed

Dr. Miriam Ahmed teaches graphic design at Howard University in Washington, DC. As a visual communicator, she has been the recipient of several design awards. Her 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 has an extensive creative portfolio as a 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 high-profile clients including Absolut and Hilton. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at the American University in Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Ahmed is the author of “Perspectives On Responsible Design Among Minority, Millennial Graphic Designers” The International Journal of Design in Society 12(4): 29-44 (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). She has served as a journal reviewer for the International Journal of Communication and Design Principles and Practices, and regularly serves on graduate MFA thesis committees. She was a panelist at the Incentivizing Responsible Design: What Makes It Worth It? panel discussion. Her work has been exhibited in the annual Howard University Department of Art Faculty Exhibitions (2014-2018). Dr. Ahmed is an AIGA DC SHINE 2019 Mentor and serves on the 2020 Advisory Review Panel for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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. She is a member of the DC Ad Club and AIGA. Dr. Ahmed’s graphic work is bold, clean, typographically-focused and she is driven by a passion for functionality and the unanticipated in design.

Dr. Ahmed teaches the Design for Advertising, Magazine and News Design, Web Development and Interactive Media, Desktop Web Publishing, and Typography courses at Howard.

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.