Matthew Wizinsky

Matthew Wizinsky

Assoc Professor

Associate Professor

Aronoff Center


DAAP School of Design - 0016

Professional Summary

Matthew Wizinsky is a designer, educator, researcher, and lecturer on contemporary design practices and research. He was formally trained in graphic design at the University of Cincinnati (BS), the University of Illinois at Chicago (MFA), and the Institute of Visual Communication (FHNW) in Basel, Switzerland, and holds professional certification in strategic Foresight from the University of Houston. Wizinsky has over 20 years of professional design experience, ranging from start-ups to international commercial agencies to in-house studios for cultural institutions. He established an independent studio and consultancy in Chicago in 2009. He has worked for global commercial clients, including Harley-Davidson, McDonald’s, and Tiffany & Co.; has co-organized and/or designed exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Cincinnati Art Museum; and has contributed to installations at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018), International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York, and Exhibit Columbus (2019) in Columbus, IN.

Wizinsky began his academic career in 2012, with joint teaching (School of Design) and research positions (Innovation Center) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2015, he joined the faculty of the Ullman School of Design at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design research methods, communication design, interaction design, discursive/speculative design, strategic foresight, and design history. Wizinsky's research, scholarship, and creative works have been awarded, exhibited, published, and presented internationally. His interdisciplinary research collaborations have been supported by Humanities Without Walls (Mellon Foundation), the MAC Cosmetics AIDS Fund, People's Liberty, and others. Wizinsky is an Associate Editor for "Visible Language," the oldest peer–reviewed academic journal for design, in publication since 1967. 


Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2001 (Graphic Design)

Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design: University of Illinois, Chicago Chicago, IL, 2012 (Thesis: Metaphor, Memory, and Story; Project: CloudWriter)

Post-Graduate Studies: Institute of Visual Communication (FHNW) Basel, Switzerland, 2011 (Visual Communication)

Positions and Work Experience

2009 -To Present Principal Designer, Independent Design Consultancy, Studio Junglecat, Chicago, IL

2007 -2009 Senior Graphic Designer, Environmental Design Consultancy, FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, OH

2003 -2007 Department Head, Exhibition Design, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

2013 -2015 Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Design, Chicago, IL

2012 -2015 Research Specialist, Director, Responsive Media Lab, University of Illinois at Chicago Innovation Center, Chicago, IL

2012 -2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design,

Research Support

2016 -2018 Humanities in a Changing Climate, Humanities Without Walls, Mellon Foundation Transmedia Collage: Histories of Violence and Futures of Health on Chicago’s South Side Role:Collaborator $110,000 Active Type:Grant

2016 -2016 Office of the Provost, University of Cincinnati Strengthening Faculty Research and Engagement in the Digital Humanities Across UC Role:Co-PI $20,000 Completed Type:Grant

2016 -2018 MAC Cosmetics AIDS Fund Women and HIV Oral History Project Role:Co-PI $70,000 Active Type:Grant

2015 -2016 The Nathan Cummings Foundation Women and HIV Oral History Project: A Collaboration with the Women’s Interagency HIV Study Role:Co-PI $5,000 Type:Grant

2014 -2015 Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts & Humanities Award, University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate College iPhone Rapid Digitization, Applications and Workflows Role:Co-PI $5,000 Completed

2013 -2014 Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts & Humanities Award, University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate College Pop Swipe Cinema: Mobile Interactive Touch-Screen Cinema Role:Co-PI $5,000 Completed Type:Grant

2013 -2014 Chancellor’s Discovery Grant, University of Illinois at Chicago History Moves: How to Design a Community-Engaged Public History Project on Wheels Role:Collaborator $38,924 Completed Type:Grant

2013 -2013 University of Illinois at Chicago Learning Sciences Research Institute ecoCollage: Engagement Tools for Community-Based Green Infrastructural Planning Role:Collaborator 23,378 Completed Type:Contract

2014 -2014 Sleep Science Center, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago Drowsy Driver Role:Consultant $50,000 Completed Type:Contract

2015 -2016 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Instrument112: Interactive Public Installation for Lumenocity Festival Role:Consultant $50,000 Completed Type:Contract

2015 -2018 Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan Discursive Design: Database and Web Interface Design Role:Consultant $15,000 Active Type:Contract

Investigators:Wizinsky, Matthew, and Lally, Sean. 08-01-2018 -08-01-2019 Exhibit Columbus 2019 University Design Research Fellowship $10,000 Completed Type:Fellowship

2012 -2013 Innovation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago BikeDX Role:Collaborator $15,000 Completed Type:Contract

Grant: #2016 UIC Award Investigators:Wizinsky, Matthew 01-04-2016 -12-31-2017 MAC Aids Fund MAC Cosmetics/University of Illinois Chicago Sub-Contract Role:PI $24,000.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

2011 -2012 University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate College Dean’s Scholar Award $20,000 Completed Type:Fellowship Level:University

2010 -2011 University of Illinois at Chicago, Graduate College University Fellowship $20,000 Completed Type:Fellowship


Peer Reviewed Publications

Wizinsky, Matthew (2014. ) "Touch Here to Begin: Paper Interfaces and Legible Circuits" .Scholarly and Research Communication, , 5 (2 ) ,

Wizinsky, Matthew, and Brier, Jennifer. (2016. ) “History Moves: Mobilizing Public Histories in Post-Digital Space" .Scholarly and Research Communication, , 7 (3 ) ,

Wizinsky, Matthew. (2016. ) "Conflict Interfaces: Mediated Meditations on Desire, Fear, and Anxiety" .User Experience, and Usability: Novel User Experiences, , 86 -97

Wizinsky, Matthew. (2019. ) “Speculative City: Critical Speculation in Defense of Design’s Material Expertise.” .Dialectic, , 2 (2 ) ,23

Wizinsky, Matthew. (2019. ) “Violence, Vulnerability, & Care: Participatory Design in Public History and Public Health Toward a Model of Translational Design Research.” .Design for Health, , 3 (2 ) ,4

Wizinsky, Matthew. (2019. ) “South Side Speculations: Designing Public Histories & Public Futures on Chicago’s South Side.” .Proceedings of the 2019 International Association for Societies of Design Research (IASDR), ,

Wizinsky, Matthew, with Neha Mann, James Lee, Erin McCabe, Johnathan Avant, Gifty Arthur (2019. ) “Curatorial Groupware; Designing Collaborative Curation Tools for Public Exhibition of Community-Built Archives” .Proceedings of the 2019 International Association for Societies of Design Research (IASDR), ,

Han, Tong, and Wizinsky, Matthew. (2019. ) “The Furniture of Science Fiction: Studying Audience Cognitive Mechanisms to Understand how Designed Objects Convey Social Ideas through the Semantic Differential Method.” .Proceedings of the 2019 International Association for Societies of Design Research (IASDR), ,

Wizinsky, Matthew, and Rebola, Claudia. (2019. ) “Design as Understanding [&/or the Varieties of Research by Design]” .Proceedings of Decipher 2018: AIGA Design Education Conference, ,

Invited Publications

Wizinsky, Matthew. (2017. ) "Dread & Desire: Urban Futures at the Scale of the Human Body" exhibition catalog .

Other Publications

Shea, Andrew; Lupton, Ellen; & Drenttell, William (2012. ) Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design . Princeton Architectural Press

Lapetino, Tim & Adams, Jason (2012. ) Damn Good: Top Designers Discuss Their All-Time Favorite Projects . HOW Books

Valicenti, Lyndon (ed.); Department of Environment, City of Chicago (2011. ) Call to Action: A Design Intervention on Water . Moving Design

Glaser, Milton;‎ Ilic, Mirko;‎ Heller, Steven (2017. ) The Design of Dissent, Expanded Edition: Greed, Nationalism, Alternative Facts, and the Resistance .

Book Chapter

Wizinsky, Matthew, and Brier, Jennifer. (2020 ) “Papering the World: Power, Politics, Design, & Health.” Graphic Design and Global Health .RIT Press

Additional Publications


Invited Presentations

Wizinsky, Matthew. (10-2016. ) “What is a ... ?” .Digital Media Collaborative, University of Cincinnati. Level:University

Wizinsky, Matthew. (10-2015. ) “The End of the End of Print” .Digital Curation and Digitization Workshop, University of Cincinnati Libraries, University of Cincinnati.

Wizinsky, Matthew. (10-2014. ) “The End of the End of Media...” .School of the Art Institute of Chicago,

Wizinsky, Matthew. (10-2014. ) “Written in the Clouds” .Chicago Cultural Center,

Wizinsky, Matthew. (04-2014. ) “Chicagoisms” .Art Institute of Chicago, gallery talk,

Wizinsky, Matthew. (10-2012. ) “Imaginary Environments: Bending Technology to Shape New Experiences” .Apple Store, Chicago, IL.

Paper Presentations

Wizinsky, Matthew (09-2014. ) Fantastic & Possible: Welcome to the Design Lab .Portland, OR. Conference. Level:National

Wizinsky, Matthew. (12-2017. ) Violence, Vulnerability, and Care: A Women's History of HIV in America .Melbourne, Australia. Conference. Level:International

Wizinsky, Matthew. (09-2013. ) “Touch Here to Begin: Paper Interfaces and Legible Circuits” .New York University, NYC. Conference. Level:International

Wizinsky, Matthew. (01-2016. ) "History Moves: Mobilizing Public History in Post-Digital Space” .Whistler, BC, Canada. Conference. Level:International

Wizinsky, Matthew. (07-2016. ) “Conflict Interfaces: Mediated Meditations on Desire, Fear, and Anxiety” .Toronto, Canada. Conference. Level:International

Wizinsky, Matthew, and Seward, Reneé. (08-2016. ) “Do it Again: Experimental Typography Workshop” .Seattle, WA. Conference. Level:International

Wizinsky, Matthew. (10-2016. ) “Speculative City: Collaborative Design Studio” .Las Vegas, NV. Conference. Level:National

Post Graduate Training and Education

2019-2019 Certificate, Strategic Foresight, University of Houston, ,

Patents and Inventions

Tool Tracker for the Operating Room Camera and computer vision system to identify, track, and provide real-time visual feedback on the location and contents of sterile-package wrapped tools within operating rooms.