D.J. Trischler

D.J. Trischler

Asst Professor

Professional Summary

D.J. Trischler is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at The University of Cincinnati’s School of Design at DAAP. His research interests focus on identifying reflective visual communication design methods and artifacts that foster community resilience and increase neighborhood equitable well-being. D.J.'s Master of Design thesis research investigated the possibilities of impacting neighborhood quality of life through bottom-up, 
neighborhood-centered design methodologies. The Price Hill neighborhoods in Cincinnati, Ohio were the location of D.J.'s study and where he resides.

Price Hill is also the pilot site for NODES (Neighborhoods of Designed Engagement Systems), an interdisciplinary team project that D.J. currently co-leads. NODES aims to increase digital equity through free public Wi-Fi, access to digital public library content, and attachment to the local community. The project picks up where D.J.'s thesis left off, utilizing insights about Price Hill and neighborhood-centered design methods.

Before becoming a professor, D.J. has over ten years of professional experience, including independent design practice. His portfolio includes civic-centered place branding projects like the official Typeface for Chattanooga, Tennessee, the visual identity design and consultation for the Chattanooga Public Library, and community flags for several neighborhoods in Cincinnati. His work is featured in The Atlantic, Nieman Labs, and the Designing Brand Identities textbook.


Master of Design: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, 2022 (Design)

Bachelor of Science: La Roche University Pittsburgh, 2007 (Graphic and Communication Design)


Peer Reviewed Publications

Heekyoung Jung, D.J. Trischler (2021. ) Exploring Generative Reflection by Agency of Visual Practice: An Autoethnographic Study on Reflection by Noticing and Making.In Proc. of Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021, , 549–563 More Information

Invited Publications

Alonso Gamarra, D.J. Trischler (2021. ) Shared Histories of Sight .A cross-platform virtual issue of Visual Anthropology Review & Visible Language, 1 (1 ) ,


Invited Presentations

D.J. Trischler (2021. ) (In Press. ) Before you Brand a Place... AIGA Design Educators Community, SHIFTED(ED) Virtual Summit, Conference. . Level:National