Tamar Samir is a multi-disciplinary designer and creative director based in New York. She has been teaching at Parsons since 2001.
At the beginning of her career, Tamar worked as fashion designer for womenswear brands such as DKNY, Tahari, Kathryn Dianos, and Liz Claiborne. Since 2002, Tamar has worked as a communication designer, motion graphics animator, art director, and creative director shaping the design direction of major brands such as MAC Cosmetics, MTV, AMC, Spike, Logo, CNN, and Lifetime. She was most recently Creative Director at Nickelodeon/MTV Networks, directing the on-air and off-air brand, and won several broadcast design awards (BDA) for her work at Nickelodeon.
Tamar sees designers as socially-engaged leaders and empowers her students to make a positive real-world impact in their work, with an emphasis on environmental, social justice, and ethical considerations.
"Tamar is motivational, positive, and shows an incredible amount of patience. I appreciate the time she took to get to know each of her students, and made it a goal to bring the class together as one. She pushes her students to truly think about why they are creating what they are creating. She puts a purpose and an emphasis on big picture thinking in her course."
"Tamar made this class my favorite class this semester. The assignments she gave were each unique and exciting. I did not think of the homework for this class as homework because I enjoyed doing all of it. Tamar opened my eyes in so many ways, in the art world as well as in life. Her stability and strong sense of self is contagious and inspiring. I learned the most in this class."
"The most effective aspects of this course were the creatively loose projects that allowed each different artist to express themselves the way they felt comfortable whilst still pushing themselves."
MFA, Design & Technology. Parsons the New School for Design. New York, NY.
BFA, Fashion Design. Shenkar College of Engineering & Design. Tel Aviv, Israel.
Certificate, Design Leadership for Business. Parsons the New School for Design. New York, NY.
Certificate studies, TESOL, The New School, New York, NY.
Parsons Blog: Parsons Language Support Students Explore Fashion and Social Activism Through Research
MindBodyGreen: Saving the World to Save Ourselves
Yes Magazine: No Impact Week Blog
sustainability, branding, typography, communication design, service design, design thinking, transdisciplinary design, fashion design
AIGA Design Award, Step Magazine Design Award, Broadcast Design Awards (BDA): Gold Award for Art Direction, Bronze Award for Art Direction.
Design & Language Studio
Design & Language Studio (Open Campus)
Integrative Studio 2