About Me

Hi, I’m Terri, a design researcher & educator based in Minnesota

I am a proud Black queer woman dedicated to the liberation of Black and Brown people through art and design. As a designer and illustrator, my work focuses on race, identity, anti-violence, and social justice. As an abolitionist, I advocate for positive change in my community using creativity as tools of community activism.

I am the Creative Director of Blackbird Revolt, a design studio which uses art and design to create conscious messaging and works with a number of organizations that are effecting social change. I am also an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Diversity Network Director at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. I graduated with my BFA in Fashion Design and minor in African-American Studies from the University of North Texas in 2008. After completing my BFA, I worked as a graphic apparel designer for over six years at a sports agency before going back to UNT to complete my MFA in Design Research with a minor in Anthropology in 2015. My design research interests include; “Project Naptural” a project on Black natural hair and its effects on the self-identity of Black women, “Racism Untaught” a project to help integrate anti-racist concepts into design classrooms, empowering marginalized and underrepresented communities, and rewriting denigrating social narratives.