February 17, 2022 from 1:00PM – 2:00 PM
Barbara Ying Center – Room 101








The Middle Eastern Studies Program and GPII are excited to invite you to an in-person presentation titled: “Designing for Interaction & Integration: Artists in Exile.”

Dr. Zeynep Arda, the Chair of the Visual Communication Design Department at Izmir University of Economics in Turkey, will discuss the identity issues, resilience, and evolvement of artists in exile. This discussion is moderated by Dr. Victor M. Davila, an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration at UCF’s School of Visual Art and Design.




Zeynep Arda is an Associate Professor and the Department Chair in the Visual Communication Design Department, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey.

She received her PhD degree and the title Doctor Europaeus cum laude in Communication Sciences at Universidad Jaume I, Castellón, Spain, with her dissertation “Image Becomes Identity 2.0”, on online social networks, how they are shaping who we are and how we communicate with one another. During her PhD studies, she has continued her investigation at Institut Catholique de Toulouse (France) for three months to fulfil the requirements of European mention, and was awarded the title Dr. Europaeus cum laude.

She also holds an M.F.A. degree in Graphic Design from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (full scholarship), an M.A. degree in Interaction Design from Domus Academy, Milan, Italy (%90 scholarship+The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs scholarship) and a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Her multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary background forms the basis of her research agenda. Since 2017, she’s been working on her research “The Artistic Migrant Persona” in Turkey and abroad, funded by the European Union Horizon 2020, as part of the Trans-making project. Besides her academic work, she has worked professionally as a designer and as a communication and design consultant with various international teams, companies and brands.

She has developed digital branding/marketing strategies, designed logos, corporate identities and various promotional material for more than 100 companies in Turkey, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Japan. Her designs have been awarded the first prize in 25 Years of Erasmus Poster Design (Spain) and Telecom Italia Web Design (Italy) competitions.

Dr. Arda has been working as a professor in the Visual Communication Design department at IUE since 2012 and she has been appointed as the Department Chair for the past seven years.




Victor M. Davila is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Central Florida.

Victor joined the faculty of the School of Visual Art and Design in the Fall of 2011. Prior to coming to SVAD, Victor worked at UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning, where he created graphics in support of faculty who teach online courses.

Besides teaching, Victor is an illustrator and designer whose clients include Scholastic Book Fairs, Ruby Tuesday Restaurants, Stonewood Grille, Sloppy Joe’s Restaurants, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, General Mills, and The Orlando Weekly.

Victor is also the founder of the central Florida illustrator collective Giant Illustrators, President Emeritus of AIGA Orlando, the Presidents Council Chair for AIGA, on the organizing committee of Creative Mornings Orlando, and an Adobe Education Leader.

He has an M.F.A. in Studio Art and the Computer from University of Central Florida and a B.A. in Art: Graphic Design from University of Central Florida.



This is a public forum, all are welcome to attend.

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Posted February 2, 2022