Linh Dao

Assistant Professor, Interaction Design, California Polytechnic State University. 




Linh Dao

Interaction Design, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University



I am an interaction designer and educator whose creative and scholarly work explores the intersection between identity discourses and the development and implementation of creative and emerging technology. My research interests include emigration, immigration, and migration, as well as minority equality and accessibility. My work has been shown at Ars Electronica, the Institute for Art and Innovation in Berlin, The American Institute of Graphic Arts Design Conference, and the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College. My list of clients includes the American Cancer Society, Nonprofit New York, the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutger University, the New York Historic District Council, and the GLBT+ Historical Society Museum in San Francisco. I have been honored awards from UCDA, Indigo Design Award, Graphic Design USA, and Creative Quarterly Design. I also write and publish my work with the Design Research Society, International Association of Societies of Design Research, and The American Institute of Graphic Arts. I am currently an assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University.

My curriculum vitae can be found here, and my artist statement can be found here.


I enjoy helping my students win competitive industry awards, especially in Interaction Design and Packaging Design, two of my areas of interest. In turn, my students have responded enthusiastically and rewarded me with their excellent accomplishments year after year. Most recently, my students Emma Wannon and Coby Chuang from ART 437 Graphic Design Studio III won the Second place and People’s Choice award at the Paperboard Packaging Alliance’s 2023 National Student Design Competition, taken place in San Diego last October. 

All student projects presented above were produced in Graphic Design Studio III class. For a complete list of my student awards and works, please visist my teaching page


I am reading Glitch Feminism and Queer Abstraction in Comtemporar Art, the former was recommended to me by my good friend, Amanda Stojanov. Because these texts are not light, I sometimes take a break to read some Junji Ito. I would love to share my recommendations for which collection of his to read first, if you are new to the genre. Because I've read all the big ones in the category it seems, such as Confession, Grotesque, and the like, I don't know what I'll read next. I haven't finished the Ring trilogy, so perhaps I'll get back to it.


My work was  currently on view at The School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts and the Institute for Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University’s Aberrant Creativity Exhibition from November 28 - December 21, 2023. 

I am excited to announce that my upcoming two-person show will be held in the Reese Bullen Gallery at California Polytechnic State University Humboldt in the Fall of 2024. In June, I will show my work and lead a workshop at the Ying Ming theater’s Contemporary Asian Performing Arts/Performance Art Season, situated on the campus of the George-Augustus-Göttingen University in Germany.

You can my find me in my garden doing things to my succulents when it is warm outside. if it is cold, I am inside keeping my cat entertained or maybe I am playing video games. I also post fun things on Dribbble, Instagram, and LinkedIn.