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Tashakori, Parisa

Teaching Asisstant Professor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Parisa Tashakori focuses on developing human connection through art, design, and cultural events, as well as socially and environmentally focused projects.


  • Design, Visual Design, Typography, Concept Development, Design System, Design History


courses taught

  • APRD 3001 - Intermediate Design Concepts
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Students are introduced to design elements and principles, research and visual storytelling. They are challenged to communicate intellectual, sensory and emotional concepts by learning a visual vocabulary of type, color, and form expressed in a variety of mediums and dimensions.
  • APRD 3400 - Concept Design
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Introduces students to Design Thinking and the techniques for designing ideas into concepts. This course will lead students through the design thinking process of 1) Empathize, 2) Define, 3) Ideate, 4) Concept, 5) Prototype, 6) Test. The emphasis will be on the first four steps.
  • APRD 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023
    Internship course.
  • APRD 5003 - Brand Design Studio 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Builds on and extends concepts and executions covered in Brand Design 1. While BD Studio 1 grounds the students in core branding concepts and applications, BDS 2 expands both executional skillsets and conceptual frameworks through the development of a unified theory of branding that transforms objects into meaning bearers. Through research, strategic definition, identity, expression, communications and behavior study, students will learn how to create opportunities for complex, meaning centered relationships between people and things.
  • APRD 5011 - Book Lab
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Dedicated to building out an industry ready professional portfolio, this immersive studio consists of four client facing project sponsored by and developed in collaboration with the program's industry partners. In a series of three-week intensives, students will work from design briefs to concept, design and solve a variety of design problems for real world clients. Ranging from finished supercomps to functional prototypes - physical, video, projections mapping, etc. - students to market portfolios will demonstrate their command of strategic communication design across a range of media platforms. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • APRD 5015 - Brand Design Studio 4: Sustabinability
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2022 / Summer 2023
    Takes an in-depth look into engagement with challenges of designing for sustainability. Moves beyond the cradle to grave approach to designing for cradle to cradle with immersion into design ethics and the power of visual communication. Students are taken beyond the project brief to investigate why a brand or service should exist and the consequences of its existence.


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