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Renee Seward

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 6438 Aronoff Center
Tel: 513-556-5886
Email: renee.seward@uc.edu

Renee Seward is an Associate Professor of Communication Design in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Reneé teaches a range of courses but primarily teaches typography. Her current research involves designing digital tools and mulit-sensory typography to help young children learn to read. She is the principle investigator of the See Word Reading Project and is the creator of the See Word Reading tool, which teaches children sound/symbol correspondence.

Education

  • Master of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2007 (Thesis: Addresses a national problem by developing interactive tools for teaching 9-11 year old children with dyslexia to read.).
  • Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002.
  • High School Diploma, Winton Woods High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1997.

Research Information

Research Interests

Areas of Expertise: Typography, Publication Design, Identity Design, Packaging Design,  Interaction Design, Aesthetics Design, Exhibition Design

Research Support

  • See Word Reading iOS Applications, Cincinnati Innovates. 2015 to 2016.
  • See Word Reading, UC Accelerator Grant. 2015 to 2016.
  • Undergraduate Teaching and Research in Reading, CECH Instructional Research + Technology Grant. 2013 to 2014.
  • Early bilingual experience and English literacy acquisition: Comparing approaches to phonics instruction., NIE - Education Research Funding Programme. 2013 to 2015.
  • See Word Reading Tool: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for At-Risk Students, URC Interdisciplinary Grant. 2012 to 2014.
  • Verizon Foundation. 2011.
  • See Word Reading Tool: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for At-Risk Students, 21st Century Funding Support. 2011 to 2014.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Reneé Seward, Ben Meyer. (2009). Intersecting Static and Dynamic Methodology. Future History 3 American Institute of Graphic Arts Educator's Conference Proceedings, http://www.futurehistory3.com/papers.html.
  • Reneé Seward. (2010). Reading By Design: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for Dyslexic Readers 9-11 Years Old.. International Technology, Education and Development Conference Proceedings., http://www.iated.org/ concrete2/paper_detail.php?paper_id=8655.
  • Reneé Seward. (2010). Changing Conditions: Emerging Practices.. New Context/New Practices American Institute of Graphic Arts Educator's Design Conference Final Report Paper.
  • Reneé Seward. (2011). Using Digital Tools to Visualize Phonemic Sound.. Early Education and Technology For Children Conference Proceedings..
  • Renee Seward, Beth O'Brien, Allison Breit-Smith, Pamela Williamson, Ben Meyer. (2012). Teaching phoneme-grapheme correspondence with digital interactive text and dynamic graphic cues.. Society For Scientific Study of Reading Conference Proceedings.
  • Reneé Seward, Beth O'Brien, Allison Breit-Smith, Ben Meyer. (2014). Linking Design Principles to Educational Research Theories To Teaching Sound to Symbol Reading correspondence with Multi Sensory Type.. Visible Language Journal.
  • Reneé Seward, Allison Breit-Smith, Beth O'Brien, Ben Meyer. (2014). Design Innovations Through Collaborative Research Methods.. Communication + Place (Research Journal of the Society For Experiential Graphic Design), (1).
  • Beth O'Brien, Reneé Seward, Allison Breit-Smith, Ben Meyer. (2013). Using a Digital Text Tool for Assessing Early Reading Skills.. Society For Scientific Study of Reading Conference Proceedings..
  • Reneé Seward, Emily Verba, Todd Timmey (2016). (Under Review). Eco-System of Typography in Design Education. . Visible Language Journal.
  • Beth O'Brien, Reneé Seward, Ben Meyer, Dongbo Zhang. (2015). Teaching English Phonics to Bilingual Chinese-English Children With A Digital Text App. . Society For Scientific Study of Reading Conference Proceedings.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Reneé Seward. (06-2014). Design Innovations Through Collaborative Research Methods SEGD Education Summit, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Renee Seward, Allison Breit-Smith, Pamela Williamson, Ben Meyer. (04-2011). See Word Reading Tool: Visualizing Phoenmic Sounds for At-Risk Students McGraw-Hill Publishing, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Reneé Seward. (03-2011). See Word Reading Tool: Visualizing Phoenmic Sounds for At-Risk Students Early Education and Technology for Children Conference Proceedings., Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Reneé Seward. (10-2010). Changing Condition: Emerging Practices AIGA New Contexts/ New Practices, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Reneé Seward. (06-2010). Reading By Design Icograda 4th International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication, Cyprus, Greece.
  • Renee Seward, Allison Breit-Smith, Pamela Williamson, Ben Meyer. (03-2010). Reading By Design: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for Dyslexic Reader 9-11 Years Old INTED, Valencia, Spain.
  • Reneé Seward. (02-2010). Reading By Design: Digital Tools that Explore New Approaches to Enhancing Reading Seattle, Washington.
  • Reneé Seward. (02-2010). Multi-Sensory Digital Interactive Learning Environments International Reading Association 33rd Southwest Regional Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Reneé Seward, Ben Meyer. (03/07/2009). Intersecting Static and Dynamic Methodology Future History 3 American Institute of Graphic Arts Educator’s Conference Proceedings, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Reneé Seward, Yanling Wang. (04/05/2009). Design Systems AIGA Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education In The Age of Dynamic Media, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Reneé Seward. (03-2008). Reading by Design: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for Dyslexic Readers North Carolina International Dyslexia Association Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Renee Seward, Beth O’Brien, Allison Breit-Smith, Ben Meyer. (07-2013). Teaching Phoneme-Grapheme Correspondence with Digital Interactive Text and Dynamic Graphic Cues ociety for the Scientific Study of Reading, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Reneé Seward (07-2015). Teaching English Phonics to Bilingual Chinese-English Children with a Digital Text App Society for Scientific Study of Reading, Hawaii.

Poster Presentations

  • Reneé Seward, Beth O’Brien, Allison Breit-Smith. (BAD DATE). Teaching Phoneme-Grapheme correspondence with Digital Interactive Text and Dynamic Graphic Cues Montreal, Canada.

Colloquia

  • Reneé Seward. (10-2012). Research Methods to Solve Practical Problems . Design Research Methods Graduate Colloquium, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Reneé Seward. (10-2014). Layering Problem Solving and Collaborative Methods. Design Research Methods Graduate Colloquium, Cincinnati, OH.

Lectures

  • (01-2014). User Empathy & User-Centered Design Methods. Design Thinking + Problem Solving Methods for Interdisciplinary Innovation Course, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (11-2014). User-Centered Design Methods. Interdisciplinary User- Centered Design, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (04-2013). Design That Can Impact a Community. DAAP Cares, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (12-2012). See Word Reading Research Outcomes. Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center Presentation, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (01-2012). Design That Engages Community. Design, Art and the Built Environment: Community Engagement Course, Cincinnati, OH.

Honors & Awards

  • Cincinnati Innovates, 09-2015. I won one of seven awards given from the Cincinnati Innovates competition. There were over 200 applicants..
  • AIGA My Favorite Metalist, 05-2015. Ellen Par, a second year student, was awarded Merit in for her Kyle Cooper typographic composition from Typography 2..
  • Dean's Special Award, 04-2015. Received due to my efforts in securing a $1.5 million grant from Monotype. This was the second largest gift in kind to the College.
  • Horizon Student Design Competition, 04-2015. Breanna Beckmeyer received the “Best in Category” in the Horizons Interactive Awards for her 1st year project in Typography 1. .
  • Graphis Student Design Competition, 03-2015. Sara Thompson, Bryant Nichols, and Chole Rethman, all second year students, received Merit Status in the international competition for their Typography 2 posters..
  • Ohio Board of Education 21st CCLC Summit Award Excellence in the category of Academics, 02-2013. There were 29 submissions state wide in 5 categories and See Word Reading won for the category of Academic excellence and was awarded a trophy..
  • Merit Pay Recipient, 2010 to 2014. Awarded additional pay for accomplishments in research and teaching..
  • Turner Scholars Breakfast of Champions, 2007. Awarded a teacher appreciation metal. Patience Woolridge, a Digital Design student, nomination was given to a teacher who deserves to be acknowledge for hard work and dedication..
  • Association for the Concerns of African American Graduate Students, 2007. Awarded the College of Design Academic Achievement Award for the most academically outstanding graduate student at North Carolina State University..
  • AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship: Larson Design Scholar, New York, New York, 2006 to 2007. One of 17 winners nationally. Award for thesis work which demonstrates a commitment to giving back to the larger community through design research. .

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2001 to 2005, Graphic Designer, OLIKA, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2001Junior Designer, Clifford Stolze Design, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 2000Junior Designer, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1999 to 2000, Junior Designer, Philips Design Atlanta , Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 2009 to Present, Assistant Professor of Digital Design, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2007 to 2009, Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Design, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2006 to 2007, Graphic Design Camp Coordinator, Nolrth Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • 2007First-year Graduate Student Mentor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Service

  • College DAAP Search Committee 2015
  • School of Design RPT Committee 2015 to Present
  • School of Design Search Committee 2012 to 2015
  • NASAD Exhibition Installation 2014
  • End of Semester Show Coordinator 2009 to 2013
  • End of Semester Review Coordinator 2011 to 2013
  • Alumni Event Presentation 2013
  • DAAPCamp Daily Coordinator 2013
  • DAAPCamp Champion 2011 to 2012
  • Member of the DAAP Library Committee 2010 to 2011
  • Member of School of Design Search Committee 2012 to Present
  • Faculy Advisor 2007 to 2011
  • DAAP Search Committee Member 2010
  • DAAP Lecture Committee Member 2010
  • College of DAAP Search Committee Member 2010
  • Digital Design 4 Course Overload 2010 to 2011
  • Faculty Advisor for Cincy 4 Christ Student Organization 2010 to 2012
  • Freshman Orientations Helper 2009
  • Visiting Faculty Mentor 2009 to 2010
  • Chair of Social Events Committee for AIGA: Connecting Dots Conference 2014
  • Moderator of a Paper presentation for AIGA: Connecting Dots Conference 2014
  • Clifton Church of Christ Church Signage Project 2012
  • Thompsosn Baby Shower Invitations 2013
  • STEER Identitiy Project 2011
  • Sharing Table Identity Project 2011
  • Conference on Family and Marriage Identity Project 2011
  • Worthy Women Newsletter Publication 2011
  • Clifton Church of Christ Campus Ministry Identity Project 2009
  • Clifton Church of Christ Identity Project 2009
  • Midnight Gourmet Identity Project 2008
  • Sharing Day Clothing Drive Poster 2014
  • Cincinnati Public School After-School Program Volunteer 2011 to 2014
  • Design Thinking Community Empowerment Workshops 2012
  • High School Digital Art Show Juror 2009
  • Hablamos Juntos Panel Reviewer 2009

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2007 to Present ,AIGA - Associate Profession Member,
  • 2014, SEGD - Member,

Courses Taught

  • Typography 3
    Typography 3
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on identity and publication design for print and mobile outputs.
  • Typography 1
    Typography 1
    Level: Graduate
    Comments: Freshman level course focused on an introduction to basic typographic knowledge.
  • Print 3
    Print 3
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Senior level course focused on identity and exhibition design.
  • Typography 2
    Typography 2
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on an intermediate understanding of designing with type.
  • Print 1
    Print 1
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Junior level course, first in a three course sequence, focused on intermediate understanding of print-based communication design.
  • Digital Design III
    Digital Design III
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Junior level course focused on Experience Design.
  • Digital Design Seminar V
    Digital Design Seminar V
    Comments: Pre-Junior level course focused on defining interaction.
  • Visible Language Design I
    Visible Language Design I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on kinetic typography.
  • Digital Ideation II
    Digital Ideation II
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Pre-Junior level course focused on mobile interaction design.
  • Type/Text Design
    Type/Text Design
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on publication design for print and mobile technologies.
  • Digital Design I
    Digital Design I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on the development of interactive systems.
  • Digital Design II
    Digital Design II
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Pre-Junior level course focused on design experience for the web.
  • Design Aesthetics I
    Design Aesthetics I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on the development of visual design systems.
  • Text Design
    Text Design
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on a beginners level of understanding design and text compositions.
  • Digital Design Seminar II
    Digital Design Seminar II
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on understanding design process.
  • Digital Design I
    Digital Design I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on the development of design systems.
  • Visible Language Design I
    Visible Language Design I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course which is an introduction to basic typographic knowledge.
  • Design Aesthetics I
    Design Aesthetics I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on the development of visual design systems.
  • Text Design
    Text Design
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Sophomore level course focused on a beginner level understanding of design text compositions.
  • Independent Study
    Independent Study
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: This course focused on the developments of an application.

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