Myda Iamiceli was born and raised in Miami, Florida where she attended Florida International University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida in 2013 where she studied graphic design.
Myda has many years of experience in the graphic design industry working with clients and art directing and designing annual reports, magazines, posters, ads and other print collateral. She was also responsible for developing and managing digital and social media campaigns, website design and user interface design.
After working as a designer for 14 years, Myda taught at the University of West Georgia (UWG) for five years, teaching upper and lower-level graphic design students as well as non-majors.
Myda’s research investigates the immigrant and second-generation American and concepts of identity, hybridity, adaptation, assimilation, memories and belonging. She uses ethnographic research methods to collect rich content to create designs that inform and educate. As designer-author and through visual storytelling, she hopes to gain understanding, cultural empathy and start a dialogue about what it means to be American.
A Resident Scholar for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) at UWG, Myda created a project, Mi Pueblo Carrollton, that gave the local Carrollton Latino community a voice through storytelling. She has also presented her research and design pedagogy at several conferences, such as the UCDA Education Summit, SECAC 2018 and the 33rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities at UWG. She also conducted a Design Thinking 2-day Workshop at Northern Ohio University during Design Week. Her artist books are in the special collections of SCAD-Atlanta, Baylor University Libraries, Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester, University of Iowa Libraries, J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah and George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida.
Myda has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and Weir Farm National Park and recently received a grant to attend In Cahoots Residency, where she will be letterpress printing a personal project, an artist book of her mother's stories about animals.