Since coming to Auburn University, my research interest has gravitated to the intersection of graphic design and vulnerable populations. This is rooted in the idea that designers have a responsibility to be active in the social meaning and consequences of their work. The primary focus of my work is the impact of graphic design on people that may be considered vulnerable or underserved.

Publication and Presentation

studio learning strategies

Alabama prison arts projext

Collaboration in Aida-Leon

Collaboration in Atucucho

Collaboration in ghana

safe street crossing

corrugated of alabama

Design Thinking promotion


Auburn University
207 Wallace Hall, Auburn, AL 36849
David Smith
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design