Donna Stepien

Donna Stepien teaches typography, publication design, and design history at baccalaureate and graduate levels, and in workshops and classes which integrate design into K-12 curricula, ESL and social service settings. While teaching at a college serving a high proportion of underserved, at-risk populations — many students with dyslexia and ADD/ADHD — Donna designed a research project in a Harvard Graduate School of Education course to formally study how adults with dyslexia understand classroom presentations of mainly typographic design. She then contributed to “The Black Hole Study” (dyslexia and typographic design) at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics & Science Education. Donna advocates for typographic design inclusive to adults who have reading and learning challenges.