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Xinyi Li

Associate Professor


Xinyi Li is an Associate Professor in the Undergraduate Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute. Her recent research concerns the implications of platform literacy in design education, diasporic experience, values of the invisible and legibility, digital resistance and creative subversions. She complicates teaching with questions of (visual)languages and regards untranslatability and dissonances in languages as generative sites of knowledge in transcultural learning contexts. With the group Post-Radical Pedagogy, she questions the values and legacies that shape design pedagogical practice.

Previously, she collaborated on Digital Humanities scholarly projects, explored issues of interdisciplinary collaborative research, and taught workshops providing design and thinking tools to facilitate meaningful visual production for humanistic knowledge at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University. Through her practice, she has engaged in design research for healthcare experience and interaction design.

M.F.A. Pratt Institute
B.A. Shanghai Jiao Tong University



Abdullah, Nida, Chris Lee, and Xinyi Li, ed. Post-Radical Pedagogy, Set Margins’, 2023 (forthcoming)

Li, Xinyi. “Seeing Through Languages: Pedagogical Interventions in Transcultural And Translingual Contexts”  Paper presented at the AIGA National Conference, Design Educators Community Symposium Lens, New York, October 12th, 2023 

Li, Xinyi, Gaia Scagnetti. “Mapping the Critique in Digital Space” in Mid-America College Art Association panel “Digital Tools in Classroom.”Paper presented at the College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, New York and Online, February 16, 2023.

Li, Xinyi. “Teaching Design in the Age of Platforms: A Framework for Platform Education.” Paper presented at Cumulus Conference Design Culture(s), Sapienza University, Rome and online, June 9–11, 2021

Li, Xinyi. “Tactic as art: everyday digital resistance and COVID-19 in China.” in Jilly Traganou (Chair), Panel “Affective and Generative Dimensions in Covid 19 Activism.” Paper presented at the College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Online, February 10–13, 2021.

Li, Xinyi. “Emergency Remote Teaching Dynamics: Diagrammatic Field Notes.” in The Teachers Project: Criticisms on Design Pedagogy, edited by Nida Abdullah, 119–129. New York, 2021

Koeser, Rebecca Sutton, Nick Budak, Xinyi Li, and Gissoo Doroudian. “Data Beyond Vision.” Startwords 1, no.1 (2020):