Nida Abdullah


Assistant Professor UG Communications Design (718) 636-3594 p Brooklyn Campus, Steuben Hall 4

Current Course Listing (5)

19/FA-CDGD-376-01 Graphic Design Intensive

20/SP-CDGD-403-03 Graphic Design Senior Thesis Project

19/FA-COMD-240-04 Research, Analysis and Process

20/SP-COMD-250-06 Typography and Information Design

19/FA-COMD-371-05 Integrated VisCom I

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Bachelor of Graphic Design (BGD), NC State University
Masters of Graphic Design (MGD), NC State University


Nida Abdullah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Undergraduate Communications at Pratt Institute. Prior to her appointment at Pratt, she was an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and Lecturer of Graphic Design at Georgia State University. Her research interests focus on the conditions and circumstance for designing, as well as deconstructing and disrupting hierarchical and hegemonic modes of production.

She collaborates with Professor Denise Gonzales Crisp of North Carolina State University on decentralizing problem-solving approaches in design pedagogy. She has lectured and presented on improvisational approaches to designing at: AIGA MAKE conference; an essay in the design journal Dialectic 3; a panel, Situational Methods in Design, convened at the 2018 College Art Association annual conference; a paper presented at Senses+Sensibilities (Portugal); a conversation and workshop at Design Research Society (DRS) 2018 conference (Ireland); the DRSxLEARN 2019 conference (Turkey), and lectures at other universities. She is also co-writing a book introducing these approaches.

Nida has also developed several art and design workshops, installations and shows analyzing and reflecting upon the conventions in art and design practice, through the overlapping lenses of power, bias and representation, and non/ownership. Through collaborative and community driven workshops, she works towards challenging hierarchical approaches in the production of visual language. This project was awarded a Pratt-Seed Grant to run several workshops around the country.

Nida is a 2019-2020 Pratt Center for Teaching and Learning fellow. Through this fellowship, she is facilitating The Teachers Project, where participants deconstruct and examine the role of the instructor in the studio classroom.

Nida has also worked with multi-disciplinary arts and educational institutions such as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), SoMArts, ShenWei Dance Arts, the Duke Performing Arts Center, the American Dance Festival, NC State University and the University of North Carolina. She was also a collaborator at Project M at Winterhouse.