After Nour Tabet ’14 earned her B.F.A. in graphic design from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, she worked for two years as a designer and consultant for several non-governmental organizations. Tabet came to realize there is a substantial amount of misunderstanding about the purpose of design, as well as the many opportunities to more effectively visually communicate to the masses, especially in her home country.
Tabet looked into MICA because of the College’s commitment to publishing books on new graphic design perspectives and design thinking as well as the ways in which MICA encourages and supports design projects in the urban sphere.
“After observing a great potential for design in Lebanon, I decided it was time to explore my passion beyond its professional application in an international setting with the support of leading artists and educators, and to experiment with new ways and solutions of visual communication,” she said. Although she first came to MICA to earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design, she ended up staying to complete her master’s degree.
“The community at MICA influenced my decision to stay here,” said Tabet, who values having her peers and teachers available for consultation and critical feedback.
“MICA is the perfect setting to explore challenges of guiding interdisciplinary communication through aesthetic, cultural, and technological variables,” she explained, adding that the state-of-the-art studio spaces and resources from the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development have also been hugely beneficial during her time at the College.
Tabet is currently senior visual designer at Huge in Washington, DC.