Dora Souza Dias is a design historian and graphic designer interested in expanding the field of graphic design practice and history, so it becomes more inclusive and considerate of all kinds of narratives and histories.
Her research focuses on transnational design networks, particularly professional ones, as well as on the challenges of social, cultural and linguistic interactions within graphic design practice. She is also interested in looking into new narratives on how professional design practice has been shaped in the past.
Souza Dias is a Lecturer in Graphic Design Theory and Practice on the BA Graphic Design Communication and the Graduate Diploma Graphic Design courses at Chelsea College of Arts. Previously, she worked at Brunel University London teaching Graphic and Design Communication on BA Industrial Design & Technology, BSc Product Design and BSc Product Design Engineering.
She has been awarded a PhD in Design History by the University of Brighton, for her research on the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda). Before becoming an academic, she worked professionally as a graphic designer and visual communicator in a small studio in Brazil, designing books, magazines and some exhibitions.
She is currently convening a seminar series Expanding Graphic Design Histories (2021/22) which is being held by the Centre of Design History (CDH) of the University of Brighton. The series has been planned as an opportunity for peers to gather informally, make connections and start conversations on how to bring more inclusive perspectives to graphic design histories.
BA Graphic Design Communication
Graduate Diploma Graphic Design