Bio

A thousand-mile journey begins with one step.


De Angela L. Duff is currently an Associate Vice Provost at New York University (NYU) and an Industry Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Teaching in higher education since 1999, she is very passionate about educating students at the intersection of design, art and technology. She was acknowledged for this passion by being awarded the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. Over the last 15 years (and counting), one of her other passions is creating, developing and evaluating higher education curriculum in the emerging media and technology space, first at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and subsequently at Spelman College and New York University. She has also been in higher education administration since 2009.

De Angela’s mission is to share her passion for music, photography, design, technology, creativity, and productivity with others. She curates music symposia and produces, co-hosts, and edits the Prince & Prince-related podcasts for Grown Folks Music. In the past, she has organized the Prince BATDANCE symposium (2019) at Spelman, the Prince EYE NO: Lovesexy symposium (2018) at NYU Tandon and the Betty Davis They Say I’m Different symposium (2018) also at NYU Tandon. She also co-produced the Peach + Black panel for the 30th anniversary of Prince’s Sign ‘O’ The Times (2017). She is currently co-producing her next Prince symposium, DirtyMind40BK/GraffitiBridge30BK, for the 40th anniversary of Dirty Mind and the 30th anniversary of Graffiti Bridge (2020) at NYU, alongside the NYU Institute for African American Affairs and the Center for Black Visual Culture. From 2004 -2017, she also hosted No Turn Unstoned, an online, radio show of curated mixes.

De Angela speaks at numerous conferences internationally. She will be speaking on two panels at the upcoming Black Portraiture[s] V conference at NYU. She has spoken at the Prince from MPLS symposiumPurple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of PrinceEYEO, Black Portraiture[s] IV, III, II & II: Revisited, NYC’s Creative Tech Week & Raising The Bar, AIGA’s Social Studies and Massaging Media 2 Conferences, and HOW’s Annual Design Conference. She has judged Eyebeam’s Trust Residency, Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund, and HOW’s interactive design competition. Her work has been featured in publications such as HOW and Print magazines, and the books, Now Loading and www.animation: Animation Design for the World Wide Web. She has served on Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s committee to re-brand Philadelphia and participated in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Website Brainstorming Charette.

De Angela has a lot of academic and industry experience at the intersection of design, art, and technology. Prior to returning to NYU in 2019, she was the Co-Director of Spelman’s Innovation Lab from 2018-2019, and, prior to joining Spelman, the Co-Director of the undergraduate and graduate programs in Integrated Digital Media (IDM) and an Industry Associate Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn from 2013-2018. Prior to joining NYU Tandon, De Angela was the Program Director and an Associate Professor of Design, Art & Technology (formerly Multimedia) and Web Development & Interaction Design within the College of Art, Media & Design, as well as an Interim Co-Director of the School of Design at The University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to UArts, she was an Art Director for Nettmedia, an NYC interactive design firm. Notable Projects included art direction and lead design of BowieNet version 2.0, davidbowie.com, as well as the design and development of a myriad of websites for the likes of The Roots, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, and many, many others.

How did she get to where she is today? As a child growing up in Eutaw, Alabama, drawing wasn’t something De Angela decided to do on occasion. Drawing was something she did every single day, just like breathing, eating, and sleeping. By the time she was a teenager, her love of drawing had to make way for the power of typography, photography, and music. By 1996 while working for Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, she started fiddling around with the WWW by reverse engineering HTML on Mosaic, the first public web browser. By 1997, she moved to NYC to fulfill her dreams of becoming a world-class designer. By 1998, she wanted to inspire and help shape others, as others had for her, so she started sharing her love of design, art, and technology through teaching at The University of The Arts (UArts) in Philly. Now, she continues to share this passion with students at New York University.

She holds an MFA in Studio Art (Photography) from MiCA, a BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University and a BS in Textiles from Georgia Tech.

Presently, she lives, works, and plays in Brooklyn and New York City.