Lisa Babb

Lecturer, School of Industrial Design

Lisa Babb comes from a rich history of activism and social progression through engaging citizens. She has worked in the graphic design field for more than 20 years and in graphic design education at the collegiate level for more than 17 years.

Having both a bachelor's and a master's in graphic design, she credits graphic design with giving her a platform to create change in her life and others. Stops along the way include working for museums, including the MET, the Brooklyn Museum, and now MODA; for publications and annual reports; in pharmaceutical and commercial advertising, and much more.

Within design education specifically, she has created a graphic design department from the ground up and has made a point of teaching in places that encourage diversity in demographics, ideologies, and models. She lives by the mantra “if you want a better world, make one” and truly believes that design is one of the few things that can defeat habits, for better or for worse.

Babb teaches at Georgia Tech and is the assistant director at MODA which combines so many of her passions. She is from Brooklyn (even before it became the brand that it is now) and has lived in Atlanta for 12 years.


  • Pratt Institute; Brooklyn, New York
    MS Communication Design
  • Thesis content: Documenting black cowboys in Brooklyn and the glaring omission of specific demographics from cowboy iconography in advertising.
  • Bernard Baruch College; New York, New York
    Major: BA Graphic Communication
    Minor: Spanish

Recent Experience

  • Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Industrial Design, Lecturer, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2017–present
  • Savannah College of Art and Design, Full Professor Graphic Design, 2006-2017
    Taught undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Matlock Advertising and Public Relations, Senior Graphic Designer, 2007-2008
    Designed collateral pieces for agency clients.
  • Emory University, Emory Creative Group, Graphic Designer, 2006-2007
    Designed lead publications for the university.