Heather Quinn

Assistant Professor // Design
School of Design
Heather Quinn

Bio and Research Information

Heather Snyder-Quinn is an Assistant Professor of Design at DePaul University and previously taught at Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked as an experience designer for over 24 years at agencies including, Sapient, 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 to challenge technocratic power by engaging with emerging technology's ethics and imagining possible futures. Recently Heather has presented and exhibited at ATYPI, Typeforce, The New Media Caucus, SIGCHI, UCDA, CAA, AIGA, RISD, and Design Incubation, Design Principles, and The Frans Masereel Centre. In both 2018 and 2019, she received the Society of Typographic Arts 100 Award for her experimental publications. Her latest work is "mariah" is a site-specific augmented reality app that narrates stories of historical injustice. Currently, Heather is Co-Chair of 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 Spring 2020-2021

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