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Cassini Nazir

Assistant Professor, Communication Design: User-Experience Design
Department of Design

Art Building, Room 302



Cassini Nazir is a designer of conversations, curricula, and interfaces. 

His current research explores how curiosity can be meaningfully infused into design processes. Because curiosity is linguistically rooted in the notion of care, he explores ways that designers can also extend care to those they build and choose to build.

In spring 2020, he was the designer-in-residence for the Masters in Design and Innovation, MADI, program at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

Before joining UNT, Cassini taught at The University of Texas at Dallas for 10 years, where he directed two research labs. He is the founding director of the Arts and Technology Usability Lab, which fosters collaborative research with community partners and offers experiential learning to students. He also was the design director for the ArtSciLab, a transdisciplinary research lab helping the arts, science, and technology communities by pursuing initiatives of societal urgency and cultural timeliness.

His academic projects include collaboration with art historians, biochemists, brain scientists, futurists, materials scientists, new media artists and a university press. He has worked with industry partners such as Toyota, Intuit, Sabre, DFW Airport, and projekt202.

CVAD Mission: Cultivating creative talent and critical minds within a collaborative and caring environment.