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The Visual Design Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that explores the intersection of visual communication with accessibility, cognition, philosophy, policy, and culture. The lab fosters collaboration between the Arts and Humanities, other NYUAD departments, and local and international partners. By means of its agile interventions on campus, cutting-edge research, and publications, the Visual Design Lab seeks to establish itself as a recognized leader in the region for scholarship on the impact of design practice.
Design research and practice are multidisciplinary fields that draw from various disciplines, such as the arts, cognitive sciences, history, sociology, geography, physics, and medical sciences. The Visual Design Lab creates a dynamic discourse with practical applications by converging these diverse perspectives. It serves as a unique hub for educational research on visual design, cognitive artifacts, and the impact of design on policy and decision-making. Located at NYU Abu Dhabi, the lab provides a hands-on experimental platform for innovative projects prioritizing inclusive and universal design.
Projects of the lab include: