De Angela Duff
De Angela L. Duff is currently an Industry Professor in Integrated Design & Media (IDM, formerly Integrated Digital Media) at NYU Tandon & an Associate Vice Provost at New York University (NYU). She has been at NYU since 2013. From 2013-2018, she was the former Co-Director of IDM.
Teaching in higher education since 1999, she is very passionate about educating students at the intersection of design, art, and technology. She was acknowledged for this passion by being awarded the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. Over the last 15 years (and counting), one of her other passions is creating, developing, and evaluating higher education curricula in the emerging media and technology space, first at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and subsequently at Spelman College and New York University. She has also been in higher education administration since 2009.
In her role as Associate Vice Provost, De Angela works closely with Vice Provosts Clay Shirky and Charlton McIlwain. She also assists Associate Vice Provost for Strategy Karen Nercessian on select projects. She aides and reviews work on online courses & degrees and other technology-enhanced education. She also serves a leadership role as an advisor of strategy for the Faculty Resource Network (FRN), including facilitating and hosting the yearlong FRN Leadership Initiative. She also assists with other leadership, faculty development, or teaching & learning initiatives, managed by the Provost’s Office.
De Angela has a lot of academic and industry experience at the intersection of design, art, and technology. Prior to returning to NYU in 2019, she was the Co-Director of Spelman's Innovation Lab from 2018-2019, and, prior to joining Spelman, the Co-Director of the undergraduate and graduate programs in Integrated Digital Media (IDM) and an Industry Associate Professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn from 2013-2018. Prior to joining NYU Tandon, De Angela was the Program Director and an Associate Professor of Design, Art & Technology (formerly Multimedia), and Web Development & Interaction Design within the College of Art, Media & Design, as well as an Interim Co-Director of the School of Design at The University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to UArts, she was an Art Director for Nettmedia, an NYC interactive design firm. Notable Projects included art direction and lead design of BowieNet version 2.0, davidbowie.com, as well as the design and development of a myriad of websites for the likes of The Roots, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, and many, many others.
De Angela's mission is to share her passion for music, photography, design, technology, creativity & productivity with others. She organizes polished solid music and academic symposia and events, including the upcoming Prince #TripleThreat40 symposium (2023), celebrating 40 yrs of Vanity 6's eponymous debut, The Time's What Time Is It?, and Prince's 1999. Her past-curated, music symposia include:
- Prince #SexyMF30 Virtual (2022)
- Prince #1plus1plus1is3 Virtual (2021)
- Prince #DM40GB30 Virtual (2020)
- Prince #Batdance30ATL (2019) at Spelman College,
- Prince #Lovesexy30BK (2018) at NYU Tandon, and
- Betty Davis–They Say I'm Different (2018) at NYU Tandon
Other Prince events she's produced or co-produced include:
- (co-produced) a virtual event with the PRN Alumni Foundation, #PRNAlumni5 (2021), celebrating their five-year anniversary and the 2021 Record Store Day release of Prince's The Truth
- #W2AVC: Welcome 2 America Virtual Celebration (2021),
- #SOTTSDC: Peach + Black 2: Sign 'O' The Times Super Deluxe Virtual Celebration (2020), and
- (co-produced) Peach + Black (#SOTT30BK) for the 30th anniversary of Prince's Sign 'O' The Times (2017), also at NYU Tandon.
She currently produces and co-hosts What Did Prince Do This Week? #WDPDTW. In the past, she also produced, co-hosted, and edited the Prince & Prince-related podcasts for Grown Folks Music.
She co-organized the Learning To Teach Creative Technologies Remotely UnSymposium (2021) alongside IDM colleagues. Since 2011, she has also been conducting Time Warrior workshops on time & project management.
Her words have been published in the Journal of Popular Music Studies (2021), Prince and Popular Music: Critical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Life (2020, Bloomsbury) & the Black Magnolias Literary Journal's Special Issue on Prince (2020). Her creative work has been featured in publications such as HOW & Print magazines, and the books, Now Loading & www.animation: Animation Design for the World Wide Web. She is, also, one of the featured, educator interviews in the book, Code as Creative Medium: A Handbook for Computational Art and Design (2021, MIT Press).
She has spoken on WNYC, BBC Manchester, and Minnesota Public Radio, and has judged Eyebeam's Trust Residency, Tribeca Film Institute's New Media Fund, and HOW's Interactive Design Competition.
De Angela also speaks at numerous conferences internationally. She has spoken at the 2nd Dayton Funk Symposium (Dayton, Ohio), Pop Conference 2021 (Virtual), Prince 78-88: An Interdisciplinary Conference (Virtual), Black Portraiture[s] VII (Rutgers University-Newark), V (NYU), IV (Harvard), III (South Africa), II (Florence, Italy) & II: Revisited (NYU), the Prince from MPLS symposium at the University of Minnesota, Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince at the University of Salford in Manchester, England, EYEO in Minneapolis, MN, NYC's Creative Tech Week & Raising The Bar, AIGA’s Social Studies: Educating Designers in a Connected World at MiCA in Baltimore, Maryland, AIGA's Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education in the Age of Dynamic Media in Boston, MA, and HOW’s Annual Design Conference.
How did she get to where she is today? As a child growing up in Eutaw, Alabama, drawing wasn’t something De Angela decided to do on occasion. Drawing was something she did every single day, just like breathing, eating, and sleeping. By the time she was a teenager, her love of drawing had to make way for the power of typography, photography, and music. By 1996 while working for Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, she started fiddling around with the WWW by reverse engineering HTML on Mosaic, the first public web browser. By 1997, she moved to NYC to fulfill her dreams of becoming a world-class designer. By 1998, she wanted to inspire and help shape others, as others had for her, so she started sharing her love of design, art, and technology through teaching at The University of The Arts (UArts) in Philly. Now, she continues to share this passion with students at New York University.
Creative process and practice at the intersection of Design, Art, Music & Technology
Collaborative Tools in Remote Work
Course Management Systems
Ideation and Prototyping
Online Teaching and Learning
Popular Music Culture (Prince & Betty Davis)
Time and Project Management
Virtual Events and Conferences
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) 1992
Bachelor of Science, Textiles
Georgia State University 1996
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design
Maryland Institute College of Art (MiCA) 2007
Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art (Photography)
Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (BxMC)
- DM-GY 6053 Ideation & Prototyping (Tandon Online)
- DM-GY 6053 Ideation & Prototyping
- DM-GY 6193 Web Studio
- DM-GY 997X MS Thesis in Digital Media
- DM-GY 9990 Graduate Colloquium
- DM-UY 1123 Visual Foundation Studio
- DM-UY 1143 Ideation & Prototyping
- DM-UY 2173 Motion Graphics Studio
- DM-UY 2193 Intro to Web Development
- DM-UY 3193 Dynamic Web Applications
- DM-UY 4003 Senior Project in Digital Media
- DM-UY 4173 Professional Practices for Creatives
Duff, De Angela L. 2022. “Prince as producer and creator of worlds: Absent narratives in Prince’s Purple Rain, 1999 and Sign o’ the Times deluxe box sets” Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture 12 (2):145–158. https://doi.org/10.1386/iscc_00043_1.
Duff, De Angela L. 2022.“Controversy: Materializing the Mystique and Mythology of Prince.” AMP: American Music Perspectives (The Pennsylvania State University Press) 2 (1): 5–14. https://doi.org/10.5325/ampamermusipers.2.1.0005.
Duff, De Angela L., Zachary Hoskins, Kamilah Cummings, and Robert Loss. 2022. “#1plus1plus1is3: Transcripts from a Virtual Symposium on Iconic Prince Albums/"I Wish We All Were Nude: Prince’s Controversy ‘Shower Poster’ as Aesthetic Linchpin and Artifact"/"A Tale of Two Princes: Diamonds and Pearls and the Myth of Colorblindness in the Work of Prince.” Journal of Popular Music Studies (University of California Press) 34 (2): 5–27. https://doi.org/10.1525/jpms.2022.34.2.5.
- Duff, De Angela L. 2021. “Conjuring the Prince Mystique.” Journal of Popular Music Studies (University of California Press) 33 (4): 23–27. doi:10.1525/jpms.2021.33.4.23.
- Duff, De Angela L. 2020. “Under the Cherry Moon: Prince as His Most Authentic Self.” In Prince and Popular Music: Critical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Life, 15–34. New York: Bloomsbury. https://search-ebscohost-com.proxy.library.nyu.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rft&AN=A2091639&site=eds-live.