Naomi Crellin

Photo of Professor Naomi Crellin
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer,
Exhibition Design Program
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For a number of years Naomi led a "double life" - as her career began working at a strategy consulting company, she also began practicing as an artist and drafting, designing and making furniture. When her evolution as a designer began with these experiments as an artist, her education at the Rhode Island School of Design cemented the importance of art to her creative process and generated a fundamental interest in conceptual meaning.

Today these influences converge in Naomi's design perspective: the power and poetry of art in storytelling; the meaning of craft and materiality in production; the pervasive resonance of a strategic and thoughtful collaborative creative process. From Microsoft and The World Bank to Bloomberg and the Human Rights Campaign, Naomi works with client teams to distill their intent and then leads creative teams in the delivery of communicative environments that are moving and memorable.


Current Outside Position

  • Creative Director + Strategist and Founder, Storycraft Creative

In her current position at Storycraft Creative, she provides creative services for brand experiences and narrative environments. Ms. Crellin works with production companies and strategic planners to define audience experience, provide creative direction and lead design work for exhibits, conferences and tradeshows. Some of her projects and clients include:

  • Design Management Consulting for "Many Voices, One Nation", Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History
  • Art Direction & Creative Development for U.S. public space signage at the Hannover Messe 2016 exhibition, Department of Commerce, SelectUSA
  • Creative Direction and Design for Paris Climate Treaty policy conference, ClimateAction 2016 Summit
  • Audience Experience Strategy for Lions Club International Centennial Exhibit



  • "Most Outstanding Graduate Degree Project" for her thesis "Knowing process | Knowing Place: A new home for the Providence Jewelry Museum", Rhode Island School of Design


Publications & Exhibitions

As an artist, Naomi’s digital media work has been exhibited internationally, including at:

  • The Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art in Budapest, Hungary
  • The RISD Museum of Art



BA in Modern History & Political Science (Honors), University of Sheffield
Masters of Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design