VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS (VCFA)
Dina Lutfi is a Sudanese American graphic designer, artist, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Multimedia at the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in Saudi Arabia. Lutfi holds a BS in Visual Communication from the American University of Sharjah in the UAE, a Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and a Doctor of Education in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She’s currently an MFA candidate in the Graphic Design program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a practicing artist, designer, and educator Lutfi engages in visual dialogues about form, multiculturalism, semiotics, and visual communication in the vernacular. As an educator, her academic focus encompasses art and design history in addition to contemporary perspectives. Lutfi also teaches studio-based classes centered on visual exploration and open-ended dialogue. Her current published research focuses on the development of educational pedagogies, and shedding light on Arab and African visual communication.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
Reading: Your Private Sky by Buckminster Fuller and The Politics of Design by Ruben Pater. Listening: the podcast series Sudan Moves. Watching: the documentary series The Mind, Explained.
WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD?
WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING DESIGN SCHOOL?
Design is about more than just aesthetics; it’s about who you design for and why.