Deborah Littlejohn is a researcher in design education, teaching and developing courses in design history, human-centered research methods, typography and graduate seminar. Her research is guided by questions that address the relations among design, new information environments and the ability of people to learn, adapt and change. By examining the emerging tools, technologies and the methods and contexts through which design is experienced, Dr. Littlejohn’s work focuses on how people interact with each other and the world through the mediating influences of designed artifacts, services and environments, and how design is situated in culture and society. Her research has been funded by the American Institute of Graphic Arts and NCSU Distance Education & Learning Technology Applications (DELTA).
Prior to joining the faculty in the College of Design, Deborah was a Fellow at the University of Minnesota Design Institute where she led an investigation of leading international type design practice that resulted in the publication Metro Letters: A Typeface for the Twin Cities. Dr. Littlejohn has been a frequent contributor to journals on design and design education, including Design Issues, Design and Culture, Eye magazine, AIGA.org and Communication Arts, and her work has received numerous national design awards, appearing in publications such as ID Magazine, Print, Graphis, ACD 100 and the Annual AIGA Design Awards, among others.
Deborah taught design at several programs in the U.S. in fields including interaction design, human-computer interface design, motion graphics, publication design and typography at undergraduate and graduate levels. A native of Raleigh, she has been a practicing professional since 1994.