Helen Armstrong is Director of the MGXD Program and Professor of Graphic & Experience Design at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on digital rights, human-machine teaming, and accessible design. Armstrong authored Graphic Design Theory; Digital Design Theory; and co-authored Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content. Her new book, Big Data, Big Design: Why Designers Should Care About Artificial Intelligence, demystifies A.I.—specifically machine learning— while inspiring designers to harness this technology and establish leadership via thoughtful human-centered design.
Armstrong is a past member of the AIGA National Board of Directors, the editorial board of Design and Culture, and a former co-chair of the AIGA Design Educators Community. NC State named her a University Faculty Scholar in 2018. Her research partners have included IBM, Redhat, REI, Advance Auto Parts, SAS Analytics, Sealed Air, and the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences. Armstrong is the proud mom of a kid with disabilities and a fierce advocate for designing inclusive, intelligent, interfaces and experiences.