Opening Keynote: Designing Tools For Greater Equity in Literacy

Designing Tools For Greater Equity in Literacy

Literacy is essential for all people. Those with poor literacy skills are far more likely to live in poverty, face health problems, and grow isolated. This presentation will share the innovative research within the University of Cincinnati’s Learning By Design Lab that seeks to use design, educational methodology and technology to address a global literacy issue. Additionally, we will share how the evidence-based research led to the launch of the start-up company See Word Design that delivers reading tools that help build the skill and will to read one person at a time.

This event is sponsored by Triple E Partners


6:00pm - 6:30pm | Doors open & refreshments

6:30pm - 7:30pm | Presentation and Q&A

7:30pm - 8:00pm | Closing remarks & Networking

Ticket Prices

$10 for students

$20 for AIGA members

$25 for non-members

Your ticket includes a drink ticket and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

*AIGA members please login to your AIGA account to see pricing discount

**Students please bring a valid student ID to check-in

About the Presenter

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 of 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.

About Triple E Partners

Triple E Partners was born in January 2010 with three core principles. We would be Effective, Efficient, and Economic. From that day forward we have served client from coast to coast as large as the biggest names in the Wall Street Journal, to the shop around the corner. We have attained tier 1 status with some of the most respected companies in the US, as well as a spot on the INC 5000.

Parking Information

FREE parking available on-site. Parking map can be found here

When & Where
Mon, Oct 3, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
1819 Innovation Hub - University of Cincinnati
2900 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206