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Rachael Paine

Assistant Professor

Rachael Paine is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Human-Centered Design in the Graphic Design Program. With over 13 years of experience as a Creative Director and Brand Strategist, she brings a wealth of industry insight to her academic role. Rachael holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Graphic Design, and a Ph.D. in Design from North Carolina State University. Prior to her current position, Rachael worked as a user experience designer for SAS, a multinational analytics software developer. Rachael's research endeavors focus on crucial aspects of design and human interaction. Her recent work delves into the realm of health communication and accessibility, particularly within the contexts of rare diseases, mental health, and infectious diseases. Her research interests encompass health communication, health literacy, human-centered design, and adaptive user interface design.

human-centered design, user experience design, health communications, interactive information design, health literacy.

ART 2565 Typography One
ART 2566 Typography Two
ART 3565 Intermediate Graphic Design II

Published works:

2023 DRS Learn X Design
Work title: The Workshop Model: Teaching Ways of Knowing and Doing

I Profess: The Graphic Design Manifesto, 20th Anniversary Traveling Juried Exhibition
Work title: Disrupting Genius

Presented at:

  • UCDA
  • The Fifteenth Annual International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference
  • International Conference of Three Societies on Literature and Science
  • Artful Medicine
  • The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture
  • National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media 
  • Surface - AIGA Design Educators Community Symposium Conference
  • International Conference on Design Principles & Practices
  • International Symposium on Intelligence Design
  • MODE Motion Design Education Summit
  • AAAI Spring Symposium on Applied AI in Healthcare
  • Architecture_MPS
  • Design Incubation Colloquium
  • Designing Dialogues, International Food Design & Food Studies Conference

Creative Director and Brand Strategist for Trimaco LLC managing projects for Lowes, The Home Depot, Walmart, and Sherwin-Williams.

Recipient of a 2023 ICAT Major SEAD Grant, Virginia Tech. Work titled C3: Covid Comics Cubed. $25,000.


Bachelors of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University

Masters of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University

PhD in Design, North Carolina State University