Danah Abdulla

Lecturer BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures

London College of Communication


Danah Abdulla is a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures course at the London College of Communication. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London, and she is also the Founder, Creative Director and Editor of Kalimat Magazine.

Her research interests include design education, global design cultures, and social design. More specifically, her research examines the possibility of a locally-centric design education curricula in Amman, Jordan. She obtained an MA in Social Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2012) in Baltimore, Maryland, and a BA (Honours) in Communications from the University of Ottawa (2008), in Ottawa, Ontario.

Research interests

Design education; social design; design culture; global design culture; design history; global design history; design activism; co-design; critical design practice; visual communication materials; localisation; visual culture; design education in the Arab world; design in the Arab world.

Research statement

Danah’s PhD research focuses on the possibility of a locally-centric design education curricula that is more relevant to place and communities in Amman, Jordan.

Using co-design methods, the research looks to examine what philosophies, theories, practices, models of curriculum, and pedagogy are appropriate references for design education curricula in Jordan to be more locally-centric. It also aims to examine what shifts in perceptions on design this requires and creates, and if it can advance the status of design as a discipline in Jordan, engage the public, and help Jordanian designers contribute to the larger international discourse. Danah’s research draws extensively from her practice based work with Kalimat, a publication she founded in 2010. She has presented her work at conferences and in exhibitions internationally.

Danah has a continuing research interest in design education, co-design, social design, design cultures, design history and publishing materials, particularly within countries often missing from the larger design discourse.