University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Assistant Professor in graphic design
Nekita Thomas is a designer, researcher, and educator with skill in participatory design and social practice.
She works across a range of media to create integrated visual and communication systems of print, interaction, and installation design. Working primarily with themes of identity, history and social justice, her research focuses on the analysis, explication and disruption of the African American experience in sociocultural contexts and popular culture. Her work overlaps into American studies, African American studies, design history, media studies, sociology, and women and gender studies. She is also interested in exploring ad-hoc circumstance around making as a model for design justice.
Nekita is a member of AIGA's National Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which was created in 2014 to encourage diversity in design education, discourse, and practice as means to strengthen and expand the relevance of design in all areas of society.