Reneé Seward

Reneé is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Communication Design program at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning. She is a graduate of the Graphic Design program in 2002 and received her Master from North Carolina State in 2008.

Reneé has been teaching typography, exhibition design, graphic design in the Communication Design program for the last ten years. Her research focuses on the development of digital and physical tools that seek to address literacy problem in our society. Currently she is starting a company that sales her reading tool called See Word Reading® which she will share today. Renee came up with the idea for See Word Reading because of a friend’s child who attributed his reading struggle was due to the layout of the letters on a page. Reneé, as a designer, felt that she could help with the problem. Renee is a Cincy Innovates winner and recently acknowledge as a Rising Tech star by ComSpark, and the University of Cincinnati Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. Additionally, she and her research team member Dr. Beth O’Brien were awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Institute of Education for a two year test of the tool on bi-lingual children. Additionally she is working in a collaborative research team to develop a tool to help correct speech problems is children.