Diane Mikhael

Assistant Professor

Contact

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Specialization

Bilingual design for print and multimedia based

Education

  • MA Middlesex University London
  • BA Notre Dame University

Biography

“WHEN WE RECONNECT WHO WE ARE WITH WHAT WE DO, WE APPROACH OUR LIVES AND OUR WORK WITH RENEWED PASSION, COMMITMENT, AND INTEGRITY.”
PARKER J. PALMER

With this thinking influence, Diane Mikhael has developed her fourteen years of her career as a design educator, design practitioner and researcher in the field of Graphic Design.

Diane has taught at Notre Dame University, Lebanon from 1996 till 2008, and joined Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar in August 2008 till present. Her teaching for undergraduate program encompasses the teaching of bilingual typography, design methods and processes, design in context, design forms and communications, print management, portfolio preparation, type design, website design, and motion graphics. She has also taught thesis for two years in the graduate program at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. As part of academic responsibilities, she has been design coordinator and advisor and participated in the Graphic Design Curricula development.

Diane holds an MA degree in Design from Middlesex University, London, in 2000. She also received an International recognition certificate from the International Society of Typographic designers (ISTD), London, in 1996.

Her research engagement is an amalgam of theoretical research, pragmatic, literate and visual. She is currently in the process of developing research projects related to Type Design and Design and Culture.

Diane has worked for local and regional clients. She has lectured on design in various international, regional and local institutions. She has been a guest speaker on several TV channels talking about design and promoting design activities, mainly Stars of Science reality TV show and Al Jazeera Kids channel in Qatar.

For the last eight years Diane has been a longstanding assessor in the International Society of Typographic Designers, London and the Middle East (ISTDME), and juror in the Lebanon Web Awards and many other regional professional competitions. She is also the project coordinator of the International Heritage of Photographic Experience (IHPE based in Spain) project in Qatar, hosted by VCUQatar.

Research Interests

  • Design an Arabic typeface that offers legibility and flexibility quality for print based media
  • Research on experimental Arabic typography in contemporary design
  • Investigate and write about design methods and motivation: creative strategies in design teaching and praxis
  • Research, reflect and write on how to teach design to indigenous people

Publications

  1. ‘AlNafizah: a window on Middle East design,’ collaborative lecture with Law Alsobrook, Messe University, New Zealand. Public Lecture, July 2010.
  2. From Arabic Calligraphy to Arabic Typography, collaborative lecture with Law Alsobrook, Waikato University, New Zealand, Lecture, July, 2010.
  3. Arabic typeface, ‘Al-Joudi,’ a typeface in collaboration with John Kortbaoui, personal collection, Lebanon, June 2010.
  4. ‘The power of Colors,’ Public Lecture and Workshop, Stars of Science reality TV program, Khayal Production Qatar, April 2010.
  5.  ‘Mind Mapping,’ Public Lecture and Workshop, ’ Stars of Science reality TV program, Khayal Production Qatar, April 2009.
  6.  ‘Branding and Visual Identity’, Public Lecture and Workshop, Stars of Science reality TV program, Khayal Production Qatar, April 2009.
  7.  ‘Design Thinking,’ Public Lecture and Workshop, Stars of Science reality TV program, Khayal Production Qatar, March 2009.
  8.  ‘Design Role,’ Public Lecture and Workshop, Stars of Science reality TV program, Khayal Production Qatar, February 2009.
  9.  ‘Design is Hybrid,’ MUN series of Lectures, Public Lecture, Georgetown University Qatar, February 2009.
  10.  ‘Hhourrouf: 28 creative signs,’ typographic workshop, Graphic Design Department, Notre Dame University, Shouf Campus, Lebanon, May 2008.
  11.  ‘72 Ride,’ Published article, Condensed Journal of the International Society of Typographic Designers, London, February 2008.
  12.  ‘Hhourrouf: 28 creative signs,’ two days workshop on Arabic Typography, collaborative workshop with John Kortbaoui, Profile Intermedia 9 conference, Bremen Germany, December 2006.
  13.  The very fast film festival, three minutes short movie “Wheel love real love”, Collaborative project with Graziella Daghfal, and Inga Düker, Winner of the Silver Award, Profile Intermedia 7 conference, Bremen, Germany, December 2004.

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