Dóra Ísleifsdóttir is Professor (2019–), and formerly Associate professor (2017–8) of Visual communication at the Institute of Design, KMD, University of Bergen, where she currently teaches on BA level in Visual Communication, and on MA and PhD level in Design.
She was Professor of Visual communication at Iceland Academy of the Arts (IUA, 2012–17), Program director for MA Design (2012–17) that she authored, Program director for Visual Communication (2006–12), and design teacher since 1999. She taught Print design to MA students of Practical editorship and theory of publishing in the University of Iceland (2011–17), where she earned her MA degree (2011).
Dóra’s interests span the spectrum of communication design, and focus on editorial design and editorship, type, media, and politics, and design in transdisciplinary collaboration.
Dóra practices at the intersection of design and art. She works as designer, consultant, speaker, and artist in diverse collaborative efforts: she was IUA’s project manager for the House of Ideas (2009–11); board member of Alda–Association for sustainability and democracy (2010–14, 2016–17); participant in the Ether project (2009–17); founding member of the Icelandic Love Corporation (1996–2001); owner and curator at Under a Couple, gallery (1997–8); Art and Creative director at Gott folk McCann-Erickson (1998–2001), owner and Creative director at Fastland (2001–4); editor of Mæna (2009–13), and Ymt (2019), magazines about Visual Communication, and is co-editior of Message, a graphic communication journal, published by Plymouth University.