Beth Nabi is an assistant professor of graphic design and digital media at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. She earned her MFA in graphic design in 2005 from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. She also holds a BA in English, with a minor in mass communication, from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. After graduating from UF, she attended The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2002 as a Visual Journalism Fellow.
Since 2011, Beth has taught a 3/3 course load in UNF’s limited access Graphic Design + Digital Media program, specializing in publication design, graphic design history and design for social good. Prior to moving to Jacksonville, she was an adjunct instructor at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., where she taught design courses in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.
Before beginning her teaching career, Beth was a senior editorial designer for Rowland Publishing in Tallahassee, where she contributed to the layout and design of four major magazine titles (Tallahassee, 850, Emerald Coast and Bay Life) of a regional publishing company, including both editorial and advertising content.
Her main research and scholarship themes are visual rhetoric in design education; the intersection of art, design and technology; and visual identity and branding strategies. She has presented her research on these topics at national and international conferences. She is also co-creator of the U2 Tattoo Project, an effort to document, curate and analyze fan tattoos of the rock group U2 in the contexts of visual identity and cultural anthropology.
Since 2012, she has served as Education Co-Director for the Jacksonville chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, helping the organization produce meaningful programming that supports the chapter’s students and educators, and increases participation in the design community.