ETBD Speaker Series

2020-21 Season

Renee Seward

"Can a Font Eradicate Illiteracy?: The Journey of Designing Tools to Support Educators and Struggling Readers"

Thursday, September 24, 5pm
Zoom Chat

To obtain the link, email etbd@miamioh.edu at least 24 hours before the event.

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Reneé Seward is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Communication Design program in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Her teaching portfolio includes typography, exhibition design, and graphic design. Her research focuses on the development of digital and physical tools to address literacy problems.

She is co-founder of See Word Design, a company that distributes her See Words suite of apps. The software was developed first to aid a friend’s child, who attributed his reading struggle to the layout of the letters on a page. She and research partner Beth O’Brien were awarded a grant from the National Institute of Education for a two-year test of the tool on bi-lingual children. Additionally, she is part of a research team that was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to develop a tool to help correct childhood speech problems.

She was a Cincinnati Innovates winner and acknowledged as a Rising Tech star by ComSpark; received the Cincinnati Business Courier Best Software of the Year award; and was named the University of Cincinnati Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

She and research partner Beth O’Brien were awarded a grant from the National Institute of Education for a two-year test of the tool on bi-lingual children. Additionally, she is part of a research team that was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to develop a tool to help correct childhood speech problems.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati, and a master's degree in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University.