Carissa Henriques is an assistant professor of graphic design at James Madison University, a public institution located in Harrisonburg, VA. She received a BFA from JMU in graphic design (’05) and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Design: Visual Communication (’09).

Her work and research interest primarily focuses on multi-disciplinary practice, collaboration, and participatory design. She teaches courses in typography, professional practice and portfolio development, design for social impact, and experience graphic design (EGD).


MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Design: Visual Communication


Expressive/experimental typography, publication design, participatory design and co-design methods, wayfinding, signage, and exhibition design, professional practice.


GRPH 206: Type I
GRPH 306: Type II
GRPH 406: Advanced Typography
GRPH 410: Senior Portfolio
GRPH 392: Wayfinding, Signage, and Exhibition Design
GRPH 498E: Social Entrepreneurship and Design for Social Impact


Social /democratic design practice, multi-disciplinary research/collaborative research, social entrepreneurship, branded environments, exhibition design, experience design, cognitive mapping, placemaking, collective memory.


Re-dressing the Window: Defining and Establishing Best Practices for Authentic Multi-Disciplinary Graphic Design Research Activity Group Session presentation, AIGA Decipher: Design Educators Community National Conference, University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor, Michigan, September 27–29, 2018. 

Integrating the arts, design, and engineering through a social entrepreneurship courseBest Practices Session: (Social) Entrepreneurship for All,” Presenters: Carissa Henriques and Dr. Justin Henriques. Ashoka U Exchange National Conference, Miami-Dade College, March 2–4, 2017. Miami, Florida

Integrating the arts, design, and engineering through a social entrepreneurship coursePresenters: Carissa Henriques and Dr. Justin Henriques, A2ru National Conference, University of Colorado, Denver, November 3–5, 2016, Denver, CO

Creative Partnerships Transforming and Revitalizing CommunitiesPresentation to the JMU Parents Council Academic SubcommitteeApril 15, 2016, Festival Ballroom, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Creative Quarterly Magazine 42, runner up Fall 2015

4-VA Grant Course Redesign+Course Sharing, for “Social Entrepreneurship and Design for Social Impact”

Faculty Advisor Fall 2015, EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge


American Institute for Graphic Artists (AIGA)
Society for Experience Graphic Design (SEGD)