About Me

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

I am 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, empowering marginalized and underrepresented communities, racism in graphic design, 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.” I serve on the executive board of the Duluth NAACP and advise the Chapter at UMD. I am also the co-founder and creative director of a design studio, Blackbird Revolt, which uses art and design to create conscious messaging and works with a number of organizations that are effecting social change.