Teaching Overview

My teaching spans theoretical and studio-based courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels as part of the Digital Media and Computational Media degree programs at Georgia Tech.

Please email nassim@gatech.edu with any questions.


Spring 2020

Digital Media Studies

Wednesdays, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

This PhD level required course lays a foundation for better understanding of digital media studies by tracing their grounding in philosophy of knowledge.

Course Syllabus


Fall 2019

Social Justice and Design (Studio)

What are the grounds for rethinking dominant trajectories of emerging technologies such as smart cities, image recognition apps, or algorithmic decision-making? Technology-centered and industry- driven, discourses around such technologies are techno-utopic, upholding ideals such as speed, efficiency, and control. But are we stuck with these values or are there alternative possibilities? If so, what might they look like? This course is centered on theoretical readings in philosophy, ethnography, STS, and design studies to critically engage the historical, social, and cultural grounding of emerging technologies while drawing on design-based practices and methods of inquiry to question their dominant logic and imagine alternate possibilities.

Spring 2019

STS Studio

Tuesdays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

How do critical perspectives within STS, design studies, and adjacent disciplines enable alternative formulations and engagements with science and technology? In this course we take values, theories, and methodologies of science and technology studies (STS) as starting points for thinking differently about making and making different things. Toward this aim, we will devote the first part of the course to familiarizing with STS and design studies as well as design thinking and design practice. Students will draw on this introduction to create experimental concepts and prototypes that reflect and advance the above critical perspectives as related to contemporary science and technology issues such as smart cities, robotics, or artificial intelligence, or biomedicine.


Fall 2018

Discovery & Invention

It is generally accepted that process and evaluation are important aspect of design. But what exactly is the process of design and how can we explain the plurality of approaches, justifications, and claims to accountability? Can this plurality be the grounds for creativity and innovation and a more nuanced understanding and criticism? The purpose of this course is to lay a foundation for better understanding of design and research methods.


Fall 2017

Visual Culture & Design

Visual design is concerned with the invention of useful and beautiful products that mediate and facilitate communication. At its full potential, it has the ability to teach, to please, and to move. Communication is not a problem newly discovered in our time. However, the understanding of the problems of communication and methods of inquiry for arriving at appropriate media strategies have become increasingly important in the contemporary culture. The need for effective communication is evident once we consider the wide presence and impact of digital and non-digital products in our everyday experiences. Examples span a wide range: from road signs to memes, product advertisements to political campaigns.


Spring 2017

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Critical Theory, Social Justice, + Philosophy of Design + “Sweet Auburn, Birthplace of Ideas”

In the spring of 2016, I paired the STS advanced seminar course titled Critical Theory, Social Justice, and Philosophy of Design with a project studio titled, Sweet Auburn: Birthplace of Ideas as part of Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center initiative (DILAC).

The course was a great success especially in its integration of social justice theories and participatory design practices together with creation an interdisciplinary collaborative environment with students across various levels and colleges at Georgia Tech. The course and several projects that grew out of it have recieved awards. The philosophy and outcomes of the course were published in the book titled Bauhaus Futures (2019).


Spring 2016

Designing Conversational Media, LMC 6650

Can media applications support conversations in a meaningful and organic way? If so what is the appropriate form for these media that is responsive both to the content of conversation and the character and concerns of individuals participating? Can we design “conversational media,” media applications that turn with the organic flow of a conversation? The course engages the above questions through theoretical readings, criticism and reflection on contemporary digital media artifacts, a series of short experimental design exercises, and a semester-long project in collaboration with an external client to design and prototype a suite of digital artifacts.


Visual Culture and Design, LMC 6311

Visual design is concerned with the invention of useful and beautiful products that mediate and facilitate communication. At its full potential, it has the ability to teach, to please, and to move. Communication is not a problem newly discovered in our time. However, the understanding of the problems of communication and methods of inquiry for arriving at appropriate solutions have become increasingly important in the contemporary culture. The need for effective communication is evident once we consider the wide presence and impact of digital and non-digital products in our everyday experiences. Examples span a wide range: from road signs to political campaigns, shopping lists to hypermedia applications. The purpose of this course is to lay a foundation for better understanding communication that’s mediated by visual artifacts as well as the methods of designing effective communication pieces.

Course Syllabus




Other Graduate Courses

Project Studio
Participatory Strategies in Design: Principles and Practices, Fall 2014

This project-oriented course is aimed at theoretical and practical exploration of ethnographic and collaborative strategies such as participatory design and co-design. Students develop on experience of crafting, planning, and communicating such strategies in close collaboration with Center for Mental Health Policy and Service Research at Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

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Visual Culture and Design, Spring 2014

This course lays a foundation for better understanding communication that’s mediated by visual artifacts as well as the methods of designing effective communication strategies.


Mixed Reality Experience Design (with Dr. Jay Bolter)

The goal of the course is to learn to design and critique locative media experiences in general and explore the potentials of Mixed and Augmented Reality in particular. In addition to various design exercises, students will work in small groups on a major semester long project. The project will concerning a locative media strategy centering on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.


Other Undergraduate Courses

Principles of Interaction Design

This course lays a foundation for critical and creative approach toward designing products that are useful, meaningful, and appropriate in the context of use for their intended audience (Advanced Undergraduate Studio | Computational Media | Georgia Tech).


Principles of Information Design

The objective of this course is to lay a foundation for design of criticism of informational artifacts such as maps, menus, or visualizations as well as the methods of devising effective communication strategies.


Principles of Visual Design

This course explores visual design as a means of representation, expression, and deliberation, building a foundation for design and criticism of visual and informational media (Introductory Undergraduate Studio | Computational Media | Georgia Tech).


Communication and Culture

A seminar course that draws on a range of theories on communication and culture to better understand, critique, and (re)design networking technologies and participatory media. (Undergraduate Seminar | Computational Media; Science, Technology, and Culture | Georgia Tech)