What is NYUAD Design?

NYUAD DESIGN is the community of design in, from, and around New York University Abu Dhabi.

It encompasses Prof. Goffredo Puccetti’s research practice, the Visual Design Lab (C3-112) in the NYUAD Arts Center, the Design Minor, and all the design work of student and faculty not only in the Design Program, but also in engineering, science, humanities, and more.

These many threads of design work converge into a thriving community, culture, and practice around design at NYUAD.

What's on this site?

NYUAD DESIGN is a lot of things – but this website in particular is a collection of some of the best design work and thinking done at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Our archives are a portfolio of projects across many disciplines, including logo design, typography, identity design, poster design, and some unclassifiable experiments.

Our essays collate the best writing on design done by students and faculty, providing a range of perspectives, analyses, and experiences.

Lastly, our events bring in many friends of NYUAD Design from all around the world to share their knowledge, expertise, and passion for the craft to our design community.

How can I get involved?

This site is a continuous and experimental work in progress, compiled by students and managed by the NYUAD Art & Art History Program.

If you want to get involved or have a project to add, email us at nyuad.visarts.design@nyu.edu. We want to hear from you!


Goffredo Puccetti

Visual Design Lab Director

Goffredo Puccetti is an Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the A&H Visual Design Lab at NYUAD. The first faculty of Visual Design at NYUAD, he has designed courses on topics such as Cross-cultural design, Calligraphy and Type Design, Brand Identity, Wayfinding, and inclusive design.

Erin Collins

Visual Design Lab Manager

Erin Collins (née Meekhof) is a visual designer, researcher, and educator. She holds a BA in Visual Art and in Cognitive Science from New York University Abu Dhabi and an MFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. Erin currently works as an Instructor of the Arts in Design in New York University Abu Dhabi's Arts & Humanities division.


Sheena Chiang

Pauline Wee

Tonia Zhang

Roudhah Hamad Al Mazrouei

Mbebo Nonna

Showmin Hossain

Ven Anh Bui

Thea Hayek


The Visual Design Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that explores the intersection of visual communication with accessibility, cognition, philosophy, policy, and culture. The lab fosters collaboration between the Arts and Humanities, other NYUAD departments, and local and international partners. By means of its agile interventions on campus, cutting-edge research, and publications, the Visual Design Lab seeks to establish itself as a recognized leader in the region for scholarship on the impact of design practice.

C3-112, Second Floor of the Arts Center
New York University Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat District, Abu Dhabi