Heather Quinn

Assistant Professor // Design
School of Design
Heather Quinn

Bio and Research Information

Heather Snyder-Quinn is an educator, designer, and writer. She teaches design at DePaul University’s School of Computing, and previously taught at Rhode Island School of Design. Heather has worked as an experience designer for over 22 years at agencies including, SapientRazorfish, Fitch and Essential Design, and opened her design practice in 2001 creating work for clients including MIT, IBM, Harvard, The United Nations, Forrester Research and OpenPediatrics. Her creative and pedagogical work uses design fiction as a method to engage with radical technologies including augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and IoT. Heather’s work has been presented and exhibited nationally and internationally most recently at SIGCHI, UCDA, CAA, AIGA Make, AIGA Converge, RISD, Design Incubation, TDC and internationally at Design Principles in Barcelona and The Frans Masereel Centre in Belgium. This September she received a Society of Typographic Arts 100 award for her experimental publication "Lost in Translation" which utilizes GoogleTranslate’s augmented reality feature. Currently, she is co-chair of AIGA Chicago’s Women Lead Initiative and Speculative Futures Chicago.

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user experience, design fiction, design futures, interactive fiction, augmented reality, design ethics, academia and industry collaboration

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Schedule for Winter 2020-2021

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