Nekita Thomsd

Nekita Thomsd

Nekita Thomas is a designer, educator, and researcher dedicated to using design as a tool for social impact.



Member Since

August 2022

Nekita believes in the power of designing tools and spaces for critical conversation and knowledge exchange to generate new ideas and solutions. This requires always asking the “what ifs” and “why nots” and enabling diverse perspectives to come together. This is the basis of her current projects on topics of race, racism, well-being, and the built environment. Nekita teaches in Graphic Design and Design for Responsible Innovation at The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Ask me about

Supergraphic Landscapes: A design research project at the intersection of supersized graphics, cities, and civics. Brand Place: A toolkit based workshop series at the intersection of placemaking, design thinking, and speculation. Chicago: Not only my hometown and site of research… we also have AMAZING food!

My super power is

Branding, Speculative Design, Critical Design, Urban Studies, Responsible Innovation, Race and Representation Studies.

I'm looking for

Looking for research and project collaboration aimed at the design of cities, social impact, and wellness.

What I love about experience design

I love the city of Chicago, its culture is vibrantly complex and presents design inspiration and challenges that are big enough to go deep but small enough to make meaningful connections.

Practice Area

Branded Environments, Placemaking, Public Installation, Strategy/Research/Planning

Focus Area

Brand, Equitable Design, Exhibition, Graphic, Interpretive


Cultural, Education, Urban + Civic