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Erin Collins (née Meekhof) is a graphic designer, artist, and educator. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science from New York University Abu Dhabi. Erin currently works as an Instructor of the Arts in Design in New York University Abu Dhabi's Arts & Humanities division.
Her research interests are at the intersection of design, cognitive science, sustainability, and culture — how design can transform human behavior. Though trained as a graphic designer with expertise in publication design and branding, she is dedicated to interdisciplinary work and employing design research methodologies to address many kinds of challenges. She currently manages the Visual Design Lab at NYUAD and supports the university’s Art & Art History BA and Design minor program through teaching and design activities.
Prior to joining NYUAD, she worked as a graphic designer at 10/Half Studios and a graduate teaching assistant at MICA. Erin has also worked as a freelance designer and artist since 2013. She lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with her husband and their two children.


Tasmeem Poster Competition Winner

For Sym-poesis/ploitation, 2022

Worldwide Logo Design Award Bronze Award

For Arts & Humanities Capstone Festival Identity, 2020


Christo & Jeanne-Claude Award, UAE

Winner and artist, December 2013, exhibit opened March 2014


Design Works: A Decade of In-House Design at NYU Abu Dhabi, New York, NY, USA

Co-curator and featured artist, September—December 2022

The Transformative Power of the Anthropocene, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Participating artist, September 2022

Tasmeem Inaugural Exhibition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Selected artist, August 2022


Nomad Lab at Quoz Art Fest, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Participating artist, January 2020


Noon Art Award Exhibition, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Participating artist, November 2019


DESIGN WORKS: Design at NYUAD 2012-2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Co-curator and featured artist, January 2019


MICA Grad Show 2016, Baltimore, MD, USA
Participating artist, April 2016

Imaginary Museums Exhibit, Baltimore, MD, USA

Participating artist, April 2015


Christo & Jeanne-Claude Award Exhibition, various locations, United Arab Emirates

Solo artist, March—July 2014

Workshops, Talks, & Lectures

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (multiple)

Introduction to Adobe InDesign (multiple)

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (multiple)

Creating a Digital Portfolio (multiple)

10 Rules for Creativity (multiple)

Designing Your Living Space for Health & Well-Being (2023)

Principles of Visual Communication for Science (2022)

Design Works: A Decade of In-House Design at NYU Abu Dhabi (2022)

Documenting Your Creative Work (2022)

Designing for the Visual Brain (2022)

Information Design Basics (2021)

Logo Design (2021)

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