Akefeh Nurosi is a full Professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode
Island School of Design. Her teaching concentrates on the subject of
color and its application to design. She also teaches typography and
She received her B.A. from the Ecole Superieure Des Arts Modernes in
Paris and her M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Yale University, studying
with professors Inge Druckery, Alvin Eisenman, John Hill, Armin Hofmann,
Norman Ives, Herbert Matter, Paul Rand and Bradbury Thompson.
Before coming to RISD, upon graduation, she became the senior designer
at Yale University Printing Service and adjunct faculty at the
University of New Haven.
She has kept a freelance design practice and color consultation in Providence, Rhode Island.
Aki’s art works are inspired by nature. Her drawings, based on autumn
leaves, feathers and trees have been shown in solo and group
exhibitions at numerous galleries and are part of international private
In 1994 Aki was invited to present a paper on the subject of COLOR at
the conference on color education at UIAh in Helsinki, Finland.
Her students works have been published in Spirals (a publication by the
RISD graphic design dept), the Graphis Student Design and New Talent
She has co-written, designed and published two books. ‘Colorful
Illusions’, published in 2000/2001 and the other published in 2004/2005
titled ‘Artful Illusions.’ Colorful Illusions has been translated into
German, Hebrew and Russion and the ‘Artful Illusions’ was selected by
the Children’s Book of the Month club.
DESIGNING WITH COLOR
GRADUATE TYPOGRAPHY STUDIO II