Bio

A thousand-mile journey begins with one step.


De Angela L. Duff is currently the Co-Director of the Innovation Lab alongside Dr. Jerry Volcy & an Associate Professor at Spelman. Teaching in higher education since 1999, she is very passionate about educating students in 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.

Her research currently combines music, photography, and technology. During Summer 2018, De Angela organized the EYE NO Prince Lovesexy and Betty Davis They Say I’m Different symposia and she is currently organizing another Prince symposium for the 30th anniversary of the Batman soundtrack for Summer 2019. She currently, produces the Prince & Prince-related podcasts for Grown Folks Music, and from 2004 -2017, she also hosted No Turn Unstoned, an online, radio show of curated mixes.

De Angela’s mission is to share her passion for music and technology with others. She has spoken at the Betty Davis They Say I’m Different symposium, Prince from MPLS symposium, Purple Reign Conference, EYEO, Black Portraitures 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. She also served on the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter’s committee to re-brand Philadelphia. 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. De Angela holds an MFA in Studio Art (Photography) from MiCA, a BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University and a BS in Textile Engineering from Georgia Tech. You can see her past and present projects at http://www.polishedsolid.com.

De Angela has a lot of academic and industry experience at the intersection of design, art, and technology. Prior to joining Spelman, she was the Co-Director of the undergraduate and graduate programs in Integrated Digital Media (IDM) and an Industry Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn. 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, and afterward at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn. Now, she continues to share this passion with students at Spelman. Presently, she lives, works, and plays in Atlanta, Georgia.