Todd Timney

Todd F Timney , MFA, BFA

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Aronoff Center


DAAP School of Design - 0016

Professional Summary

Todd Timney is a communication design practitioner, educator, and researcher in the areas of typography, brand identity, package design, visual symbol systems, and human-centered design research methodologies. He has been a faculty member in the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati since 2010 and a Faculty Research Fellow at The Live Well Collaborative since 2016 in the area of Health and Wellness, working with Cincinnati Children's Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute.

Prior to his tenure-track appointment at UC, Todd had been an Adjunct Professor or Visiting Professor at several institutions including, The Ohio State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Hartford. He was also a Senior Designer at The Wexner Center for the Arts, and a Designer at Jager Di Paola Kemp Design (JDK) in Burlington, Vermont where he worked on projects for Burton Snowboards, Merrell Footwear, Eastpak/Jansport, and Anon Optics.

With over 15 years of professional experience, Todd's work has been recognized regionally and nationally for its excellence by professional organizations including the International Council of Communication Design (ICOGRADA) and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Columbus Society of Communication Arts (CSCA) and Connecticut Art Director's Club (CADC), Fast Company, and the Design Management Institute (DMI).



Master of Fine Art: Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia, 2007 (Visual Communication Design)

Bachelor of Fine Arts: University of Hartford, Hartford Art School West Hartford, Connecticut, 1997 (Graphic Design)

Research and Practice Interests

Todd Timney's academic research concerns information design — the creation and study of the visual form leading to increased audience understanding. Currently Professor Timney is collaborating with Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Gamble Center for Clincial Studies on a patient-centered approach to improving medical health literacy. Four areas have emerged from this collaboration: 1) Improving Understanding of the Assent and Consent Process and Document Through User-Journey Mapping and Image/Text Integration 2) Improving the Patient's Understanding of Their Clinical Study Committments Through Diagramming 3) Improving Patient Understanding of Common Clinical Procedures Through Visual Narrative 4) Symbolizing Common Clinical Procedures

Other area of interest include:
Brand Identity
Package Design
Design Research Methods
Visual Symbol Systems
Publication Design

Research Support

Grant: #LWC-CCHMC FS2016 Investigators:Timney, Todd 08-01-2016 -08-01-2017 Live Well Collaborative, Inc. LWC CCHMC 16FS Sponsored Studio - Optimization of Tailored Video Discharge Instructions for Acute Asthmatics Role:PI $10,219.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #Kroger Bagless Studion FS16 Investigators:Chamberlain, Peter; Timney, Todd 09-01-2016 -08-31-2017 Kroger Company Kroger Bagless Sponsored Studio (16FS) Role:PI $70,000.00 Active Level:Industry


(Reappointment, Promotion, Tenure (RPT) ) Elected Member Type:University/College Service Level:Department 10-2014 -BAD DATE

(DAAP Works Exhibition ) Committee Chair Type:University/College Service Level:Department 01-2015 -05-2015

(Reappointment, Promotion, Tenure (RPT) Criteria update ) Elected Member Type:University/College Service Level:College 03-2015 -12-2015

(Communication Design Faculty Search Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 08-2013 -04-2015

(Grading Policy Committee ) Committee Chair Type:University/College Service Level:College 01-2014 -04-2014

AIGA (Design Educators Committee ) Conference Organizer Type:Service to Professional Associations Level:National 05-2013 -03-2014

Faculty Development Activities

BAD DATE -BAD DATE New Ventures: Intersections in Design Education AIGA Design Educators Conference Portland, Oregon Type:Conference Attendance

BAD DATE -BAD DATE LextantU Experience Research Training A hands-on, 2-day training workshop designed to teach you how to conduct Experience Research. You will learn how to plan your research projects, develop the right methodologies, have unbiased conversations with your customers, analyze and synthesize data objectively, and communicate insights that engage and identify opportunities for innovation., Lextant Columbus, OH Type:Workshop

BAD DATE -BAD DATE Write Winning Grants A one-day workshop on the nuts and bolts of grant writing—the peer review process, submission, etc., Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops LLC Cincinnati, OH Type:Workshop

Contact Information

6485 Aronoff Center
Phone: 513-556-4416