About Me

Hi, I’m Terri, a design researcher & educator based in Duluth, MN

I am the Creative Director of Blackbird Revolt, a design studio which uses art and design to create conscious messaging and works with a number of organizations that are effecting social change. I am also an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Department of Art & Design. I graduated with my BFA in Fashion Design and minor in African-American Studies from the University of North Texas in 2008. After completing my BFA, I worked as a graphic apparel designer for over six years at a sports agency before going back to UNT to complete my MFA in Design Research with a minor in Anthropology in 2015. My design research interests include; “Project Naptural” a project on Black natural hair and its effects on the self-identity of Black women, “Racism Untaught” a project to help integrate anti-racist concepts into design classrooms, empowering marginalized and underrepresented communities, and rewriting denigrating social narratives. I serve as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for AIGA Minnesota (the professional organization for graphic design) and currently lead the committee on a campaign about privilege called Do Better Minnesota. I also serve on the executive board of the Duluth NAACP as the advisor for College Chapter at UMD and I serve on the board of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee.