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Helen Armstrong

Professor of Graphic & Experience Design, Director of Graduate Program in Graphic & Experience Design


Helen Armstrong is Director of the MGXD Program and Professor of Graphic & Experience Design at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on digital rights, human-machine teaming, and accessible design. Armstrong authored Graphic Design Theory; Digital Design Theory; and co-authored Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content. Her new book, Big Data, Big Design: Why Designers Should Care About Artificial Intelligence, demystifies A.I.—specifically machine learning— while inspiring designers to harness this technology and establish leadership via thoughtful human-centered design. 

Armstrong is a past member of the AIGA National Board of Directors, the editorial board of Design and Culture, and a former co-chair of the AIGA Design Educators Community. NC State named her a University Faculty Scholar in 2018. She has an MA in English Literature from The University of Mississippi, an MA in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore and an MFA in Graphic Design from The Maryland Institute College of Art. Her research partners have included IBM, Redhat, REI, Advance Auto Parts, SAS Analytics, Sealed Air, and the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences. Armstrong is the proud mom of a kid with disabilities and a fierce advocate for designing inclusive, intelligent, interfaces and experiences.

Industry Research Partners:

SAS Analytics, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Sealed Air, WebAssign, IBM, Advance Auto Parts, NCSU Laboratory for Analytic Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

Inclusive Design, Machine Learning, Digital Rights, A.I. Trust & Decision Making

Twitter: @Armstrong_Helen