Cincinnati Design Week is returning this fall!

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After some time away, we are so excited to announce the return of our 9th annual Cincinnati Design Week – taking place October 3–7, 2022.

Our small but mighty team has been working hard to bring back CDW after taking a hiatus in 2020 and 2021. We are so excited to bring back this great series of events that our community loves and we’re looking forward to reconnecting with our creative community!

This year’s theme is Growing from our Roots: The confluence of past and future. As life seems to move faster and faster these days, we think it is important to take time to recognize the great work happening now in our city, and also reflect back on those who came before us. Cincinnati has a vibrant creative community and deep design history. This October, we want to uplift and amplify the talented designers and visionaries in the Queen City, as well as acknowledge the trail blazers and innovators that paved the way for us.

Ticket information and a full event lineup is coming soon — stay tuned!

Announcing CDW Opening Keynote Speaker:
Reneé Seward

Get to know Reneé:

Reneé is an Endowed Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Communication Design program at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is a graduate of the Graphic Design program at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and received her Master’s from North Carolina State in 2008. 

Reneé has been teaching typography, exhibition design, graphic design in the Communication Design program for the last fifteen years. Her students have won countless awards from Graphics, Graphic Design USA, and Creative Communication Awards Design competitions over the years.

Her research focuses on developing digital and physical tools that seek to address our society’s literacy problem. Currently, she is the co-lab leader of the trans-disciplinary Digital Futures Learning by Design Lab that conducts rigorous and robust research on all aspects of digital innovations to advance inclusive experiences in literacy and learning across the lifespan. Additionally, she has a company that sells her reading tool called See Words Reading®. Renee came up with See Words because a friend’s child who attributed his reading struggle to the letters’ layout on a page. Reneé, as a designer, felt that she could help with the problem. Renee is a Cincy Innovates winner and has been acknowledged as a Rising Tech star by ComSpark, awarded by the Business Courier Best Software of the Year, and the University of Cincinnati Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Recently, a font her team has designed called SeeType just won an STA-100 award, and a SEGD Global Design Merit award. She has given a TEDx talk on Eradication Literacy Through the Power of a Font. Renee is also working in a collaborative research team awarded a grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to develop a tool to help correct speech problems in children, and been named a winner in the Graphic Design USA Design competition for the poster she developed for the AIGA to promote voting.

Join the Board!

Our team is growing! If you or someone you know is interested in joining our Board of Directors please consider submitting a nomination. A larger board means more programming for our community!

Joining our local chapter’s board means being an advocate for the Cincinnati creative community where we independently support our small region while contributing to the national organization’s overall goal to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. AIGA Cincinnati is one of 70+ local chapters for AIGA and holds its own 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit organization. Our small but mighty team of volunteers represents an ever-passionate approach to advancing design in and around the Cincinnati area.

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