Communication Design Faculty

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Karen Monzel Hughes

Title: Associate Professor Emerita
Office: 6436 Aronoff Center
Tel: 513-556-4298

Karen Monzel Hughes is Associate Professor of Design and Coordinator of the Foundation Program in DAAP&39;s School of Design. She served 8 years as Associate Dean for Facutly Affairs and Curriculum for DAAP, and prior to that was Associate Director of the School of Design. She was instrumental in developing a new Digital Design major for the School of Design, co-ordinating the program from its inception until 2003. She currently teaches in both the Foundation program and the Graphic Communication Design program, which was formed as a consolidation of the Digital Design and Graphic Design programs when UC switched to semesters in 2012. She has a primary teaching and research focus of drawing, 2D and 3D foundation design, interactive multimedia design, and imaging. Her CD-ROM project providing a historical overview and interactive virtual tour of an architecturally significant town, Seaside, Florida, won the Chris Award at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival as well as inclusion in the AIGA Origination Show 2004. She is a past recipient of a University Faculty Achievement Award, Dean&39;s Special Award two times, numerous awards from design professional organizations and has had work published in national and international books and journals. As a Faculty Fellow of the University&39;s Center for Academic Technology, Professor Hughes has been involved in numerous initiatives for faculty development regarding academic technology.


  • Master of Arts, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1988 (Communication Arts).
  • Bachelor of Science Design, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1975 (Graphic Design).

Research Information

Research Interests

Interface and Information Design Multimedia Digital Imaging Foundation Design Drawing

Honors & Awards

  • Chris Award from Columbus International Film Festival, Columbus International Film Festival, 2004. Award for best interactive design project.


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