M.F.A., Herron School of Art and Design, 2009
B.F.A., Herron School of Art and Design, 2005


Pamela Napier is both a design educator and practitioner of design thinking, design research, and design facilitation with over a decade of experience in the field. As cofounding partner of Collabo Creative—a people-centered service design company based in Indianapolis, Indiana—she manages design research and strategy projects for a diverse range of organizations including non-profits, start-ups and fortune 500 companies. As an associate professor in the visual communication design department at IU Indianapolis' Herron School of Art and Design—with over 11 years of experience teaching across graduate and undergraduate curricula—Pamela Napier has been invited to give presentations, facilitate workshops, and co-design events both nationally and internationally. Her research focuses on developing methods, frameworks and curriculum for people-centered design, skills and processes for design facilitation, and the integration of sustainable values into the design process.


In 2015, Napier's team at Collabo Creative was awarded the highly competitive AIGA Design Faculty Research Grant for their ongoing work developing tools and curriculum around people-centered design.


  • Member, University and College Designers Association’s (UCDA) Education Advisory Committee
  • Former education director, AIGA Indy Indianapolis chapter

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