Jennifer S Visocky O'Grady
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 Title: Chair & Professor
 Dept: Art
 Office: MB 203D
 Phone: 216-523-7546,  x5371
 Email: J.VISOCKY@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://academic.csuohio.edu/visockyogrady_j/
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MB 203D, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Education:
MFA, Kent State University
B.S., Kent State University
 
Brief Bio:
Jennifer Visocky O'Grady is an advocate for design. She comes to that role with experience: years in the classroom, as a volunteer for the design and creative communities both locally and nationally, and as an award-winning practitioner. Jennifer is interested in communicating the value of design, both internally to the design industry, and externally to the broader public. She believes that practitioners can thrive by constantly learning, adapting and forecasting.  

As a co-founder, and principal of Enspace Inc., Jennifer's design work was recognized by HOW Magazine, Print Magazine, the University & College Designers Association, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and has been featured in numerous books.

Jennifer has been invited to guest lecture, present and jury competitions across the country, notably as a judge for HOW Magazine's 2005 International Design Annual, and as a invited presenter at the 2008, 2009 and 2013 HOW Design Conferences (the largest annual design conference in the United States), and the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013 DesignThinkers Conferences (the largest annual design conference in Canada).

Jennifer is an active member of civic and professional communities, and has been recognized by North East Ohio's Inside Business Magazine for her service as the Chair of the City Club of Cleveland's New Leaders. She currently serves on the advisory board of AIGA Cleveland, the professional organization for design (and was formerly board president, in addition to serving on the AIGA National Design Education Steering Committee). She is also on the advisory board for HOW Brands, a prominent design industry magazine and book publisher and conference organizer. She also consults with the Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) of Ontario, a Canadian accrediting body and professional organization, where she has helped craft questions for the RGD exam and authored best practices for print design focused on accessibility issues.

Jennifer is the co-author of three books, Design Currency, The Information Design Handbook, and A Designer's Research Manual (which is suggested preparatory reading for the Canadian RGD exam, and has sold more than 15,000 copies internationally). All of her books have been co-authored with her husband and creative partner, Ken Visocky O'Grady, who is an Associate Professor in Visual Communication Design at Kent State University.

Jennifer has been teaching at Cleveland State University since the spring of 1999. In addition to her academic duties, which include curricular development, internship supervision and advising for design students, she is founder of the CSU AIGA Student Group, has been elected to serve multiple terms on the Faculty Senate, and is currently the Chair of the Art Department.