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Deborah Littlejohn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Graphic & Experience Design

Brooks Hall 316B


Deborah Littlejohn is a design researcher and educator, developing coursework in graphic design history, design research methods, and graduate studios. By examining the tools and technologies through which people experience design, Dr. Littlejohn’s work is guided by questions addressing the relationship between visual communications, new information environments, data literacy, and the ability of people understand, learn, and take action. Recently, she co-authored “The Culture of Practice: Design-based teaching and learning,” a chapter appearing in the scholarly publication, Taking Design Thinking to School (Routledge, 2017). She is on the Founding Editorial Board of Dialectic (AIGA) and a review editor for Journal of Communication Design (Taylor & Francis).

Deborah has contributed to other design-related academic journals such as Art, Design, & Communication in Higher Education, Architectural Research Methods (John Wiley & Sons), Design Issues, and Design and Culture, as well as received numerous awards for her professional work, appearing in publications such as ID Magazine, Print, ACD100, and Graphis.


Ph.D. in Design North Carolina State University

MFA in Graphic Design California Institute of the Arts

BFA in Graphic Design Western Carolina University

Area(s) of Expertise

Design pedagogy; interdisciplinary collaboration; data visualization, including the translation of scientific research for non-specialists audiences