Emily Flannery

Emily Worstell Flannery

College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
2600 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
Phone office 6408
Email emily.flannery@uc.edu

Professional Summary

Emily Flannery is an Associate Professor of Practice with the Fashion Design program. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion design-product strategy and a Master of Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.
Emily is a practicing trend forecaster and futurist with a driving passion for where now meets what’s next. Her research focuses on evolving trend forecasting methodologies and advanced concept design approaches. Her industry practice spans landscape scenario planning, strategic foresight, and new product innovation for global clients such as Procter and Gamble, Samsung, and T-Mobile. Recent works have focused on wearable innovation, global semiotic strategy, and socio-cultural forecasting for new product platforms. Her work cultivates, guides, and evolves foresight approaches with an acute focus on preparing students, partners, and clients for change, and guiding their journey toward becoming future fluent. 

Emily is fanatically driven to illuminate the "why" behind our design intentions and chart a path toward a better future. This core value enables an ability to compellingly translate future scenarios and enthusiastically foster intentional design decision-making; whether with students or industry partners. Emily is well-regarded by my clients for expertise in trend forecasting, strategic foresight, Millennial and Gen-Z behaviors, health and wellness futures, and emerging lifestyle trends. She has additionally led executive training workshops on translating socio-cultural and socio-technological shifts to actionable business and product strategies. 

Specialties: trend forecasting, strategic foresight, design strategy, future consumer behavior including social and cultural behavior, design, workshop planning and facilitation

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Research and Practice Interests

Health and wellness futures, socio-cultural and socio-technological shifts, applied trend forecasting, design futurescaping, landscape scenario planning, strategic foresight, semiotic analysis and design translation

Contact Information

Academic - College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
2600 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45220
Phone: office 6408