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Kaleena Sales

Cohort 5


Primary Research Area: Design Thinking, Methods, Materials & Education
Secondary Domain: Engaged Social Design and Organizational Strategies

Kaleena Sales is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of the Department of Art & Design at Tennessee State University, an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in Nashville, TN. She is co-host of Design Observer’s The Design of Business | The Business of Design Minisodes podcast with Omari Souza. Her design writing and research centers on Black culture and aesthetics, recently co-authoring the book Extra-Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Non-Binary Field Guild for Graphic Designers, alongside Ellen Lupton, Farah Kafei, Jennifer Tobias, Josh A. Halstead, Leslie Xia, and Valentina Vergara.

Research Interests:

My research interests centers on Black culture and aesthetics, and seeks to investigate non-canonical methods and ideologies found outside of the mainstream graphic design canon.