Matthew Wizinsky is an Associate Professor in the Ullman School of Design, University of Cincinnati; Associate Editor for the design journal Visible Language; Principal Designer at the consultancy studio junglecat; PhD researcher in Transition Design at Carnegie Mellon University; and author of the book Design After Capitalism (MIT Press, 2022).
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Wizinsky is a designer, educator, researcher, and lecturer on contemporary design practices and design research. He studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati (BS), graphic design and interactive media at the University of Illinois at Chicago (MFA), visual communication design at the Institute of Visual Communication (FHNW) in Basel, Switzerland, and achieved 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 studio junglecat︎ 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 curated, 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 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught in the School of Design and founded and directed the Responsive Media Lab at the UIC Innovation Center. 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 $1.5m USD in grants and sponsorships, including from Humanities Without Walls (Mellon Foundation), MAC 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. Since 2015, he has been Design Lead for the research collaborative History Moves, which combines public history and participatory deisgn in community-based partnerships to produce untold narratives about how communities have come to be as they are. Since 2021, he is a PhD researcher in Transition Design at Carnegie Mellon University.
His first monograph Design After Capitalism (MIT, 2022) diagnoses challenges for design practices operating in an evolving information and service economy. From this analysis, a modified disciplinary model is proposed, blending design entrepreneurship with social empowerment through the development of community economies. To support the book, he produced the accompanying website designaftercapitalism.org, which contains a variety of tools to help put the ideas in the book to work—both in study and in practice. Study tools include lecture videos, recommended readings, a Reader’s Guide, and a Teacher’s Guide. Practice tools include many case studies and an extensive list of practical guidelines. The book was a featured new released by the MIT Press in March, 2022, and quickly became the #1 New Release on the topic of Capitalism at Amazon (#irony).
︎ Curriculum Vitae overview
Doctor of Philosophy, Transition Design, Carnegie Mellon University / 2025 (anticipated)
Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design; University of Illinois at Chicago / 2012
Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design; University of Cincinnati / 2001
Certificate: Strategic Foresight; University of Houston, College of Technology / 2019
Certificates: Design Inquiry, Type Design, Poster Design; Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Institute of Visual Communication, Basel, Switzerland / 2011
University of Cincinnati
Associate Professor, Ullman School of Design, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning. Teaching appointments in Communication Design, Master of Design, and Honors College programs.
Associate Editor. Visible Language is the oldest peer-reviewed journal of design, in publication since 1967
University of Illinois at Chicago
Assistant Professor, School of Design, College of Architecture, Design & the Arts.
Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Innovation Center. Research Specialist & Director, Responsive Media Lab,
Principal & Designer, Studio Junglecat, Chicago, IL & Cincinnati, OH
Senior Graphic Designer, FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, OH
Exhibition Designer & Department Head (Design), Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Interaction Designer, Hyperquake, Cincinnati, OH
I’m Still Surviving. Brier, J. & Wizinsky, M.
partnerships: STAR Program, State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate, Womens’ Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) Chicago, WIHS University of North Carolina. funding: MAC Cosmetics AIDS Fund ($70,000). status: active
Transmedia Collage. Jagoda, P., Brier, J., Rhyne, M., Wizinsky, M., Ridley, C., Bennett, I. & Kater, G.
partnerships: Ci3 Lab, University of Chicago; African American Cultural Center, University of Illinois at Chicago; Arts Incubator, University of Chicago. funding: Humanities Without Walls Consortium, “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate” (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $110,000). status: active
Site-Specific Interactive Environmental Data Objects in Augmented Reality, NordiCHI 2020. Wizinsky, M. & Ayoade, A. status: finished
Collaborative Curation Tool. Wizinsky, M. & Mann, N. partnerships: UC Digital Scholarship Center. funding: Catalyst Award ($10,000), UC Digital Scholarship Center. (Mellon Foundation). status: finished
The Long Now, Exhibit Columbus 2019. Lally, S. & Wizinsky, M. funding: Exhibit Columbus, University Design Research Fellowship ($10,000). status: finished
Anti-OD. Rebola, C. & Wizinsky, M.
partnerships: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, University of Cincinnati College of DAAP. status: finished
What Is and What Can Be: Women of Color and the Struggle for Justice in Cincinnati, Malat, J., Webb, C., Sadre-Orafai, S., Wizinsky, M. & Aijaz, M. partnerships: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Reverb Art & Design, YWCA, Findlay Market. funding: People’s Liberty ($7,500), Seasongood Good Government Foundation ($19,408), Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Taft Research Center. status: finished
Alchemy, Venice Architecture Biennale. Bohling, T., Probst, R., Palazzo, D., Wizinsky, M. & Giraondola, J. partnerships: Rookwood Pottery Co., Formica Corp., & Gorilla Glue Co. funding: Simpson Center for Urban Futures. status: finished
UC Digital Scholarship Center, Institutional Support. Lee, J., & Jonston, A., Task force member, capabilities presentation & Catalyst Award grantee. funding: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($900,000). status: finished.
Urban Futures at the Scale of the Human Body, IASDR 2017. Wizinsky, M., Rahman, M. & Campos, J. funding: University of Cincinnati, Office of the Provosot ($7,500). status: finished
In Plain Sight. Brier, J., Wizinsky, M. partnerships: Womens’ Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) Chicago, Chicago Public Library, Pop-Up Justice Art Center. funding: The Nathan Cummings Foundation ($5,000). status: finished
Instrument112, Lumenocity 2016. Wizinsky, M. & Groom, T. partnerships: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lightborne Communications, Procter & Gamble. funding: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra ($50,000). status: finished
iPhone Rapid Digitization, Applications and Workflows. Wizinsky, M. & Nichols, J. funding: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts & Humanities Award ($10,000). status: finished
Drowsy Driver. Pfanner, P., Wizinsky, M. & Clark, M. partnerships: UIC College of Medicine, UIC College of Engineering, UIC Innovation Center. funding: UIC Sleep Science Center ($50,000). status: finished
Pop Swipe Cinema: Mobile Interactive Touch-Screen Cinema. Wizinsky, M. & Mulder, D. funding: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Arts & Humanities Award ($10,000). status: finished
Chicagoisms, Art Institute of Chicago. Mekinda, J., Eisenschmidt, A., Wizinsky, M. & Kice, K. partnerships: Art Institute of Chicago, UIC School of Architecture, UIC Innovation Center. funding: Graham Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, UIC School of Architecture. status: finished
Not in the Yearbooks. Brier, J., Flohr, J. & Wizinsky, M. partnerships: UIC Innovation Center, Chicago Public Schools, Read/Write Library, Chicago. funding: Chancellor’s Discovery Grant, UIC ($38,924). status: finished
ecoCollage. Lyons, L., Zellner, M., Minor, E., Moher, T., Pellegrino, J., Goldman, S., Shelley, T., Slattery, B., Dasgupta, C. & Wizinsky, M. partnerships: UIC Learning Sciences Institute, College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago, UIC Innovation Center. funding: NSF REESE Award. status: finished
BikeDX. Niderberger, C., Hotaling, J., Pfanner, P., Wizinsky, M. & Clark, M. partnerships: UIC College of Medicine, UIC Innovation Center, SRAM Corporation. status: finished
C-Spot: Future of Campus Computer Labs. Starr, A., Wizinsky, M. partnerships: Academic Computing & Communications. funding: Academic Computing & Communications , UIC Innovation Center. status: finished
Operating Room of the Future. Niderberger, C., Hotaling, J., Pfanner, P., Starr, A., Wizinsky, M. & Clark, M. partnerships: UIC College of Medicine, UIC Innovation Center. funding: UIC College of Medicine. status: finished
Wizinsky, M. (2022) Design After Capitalism, book, MIT Press (in press).
Brier, J. & Wizinsky, M. (2021) “Worlds of Signification: Power and Subjectivity in Global AIDS Posters,” book chapter in Graphic Design and Global Health, Donald Albrecht (ed.), RIT Press (in press).
Wizinsky, M. & Ayoade, A. (2020) “The Long Now: Site-specific interactive environmental data objects in augmented reality.” ACM Conference Proceedings of NordiCHI 2020. (in press).
Wizinsky, M. (2019) “South Side Speculations: Designing Public Histories & Public Futures on Chicago’s South Side.” Proceedings of IASDR 2019.
Wizinsky, M., Mann, N., Lee, J., McCabe, E., Avant, J. & Arthur, G. (2019) “Curatorial Groupware; Designing Collaborative Curation Tools for Public Exhibition of Community-Built Archives.” Proceedings of IASDR 2019.
Han, T. & Wizinsky, M. (2019) “The Furniture of Science Fiction: Studying Audience Cognitive Mechanisms to Understand how Designed Objects Convey Social Ideas through the Semantic Differential Method.” Proceedings, IASDR 2019.
Wizinsky, M. (2019) “Speculative City: Critical Speculation in Defense of Design’s Material Expertise.” Dialectic, 2(2): 23–46. Published by the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC ) and University of Michigan Publishing.
Rebola, C. & Wizinsky, M. (2019) “Design as Understanding [&/or the Varieties of Research by Design].” Proceedings of Decipher 2018: AIGA Design Education Conference.
Wizinsky, M. (2019) “Violence, Vulnerability, & Care: Participatory Design in Public History and Public Health Toward a Model of Translational Design Research.” Design for Health 3(2): 4–26. DOI: 10.1080/24735132.2019.1583400
Wizinsky, M. (2017) “Violence, Vulnerability & Care: A Women’s History of HIV in America.” Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Design4Health, Kurt Seemann & Deirdre Barron (eds.).
Wizinsky, M. (2017) “Dread & Desire: Urban Futures at the Scale of the Human Body.” IASDR 2017 Exhibition Catalog. Scholar@UC: 16 pp. DOI: 10.7945/C2BD6W
Brier, J. & Wizinsky, M. (2016) “History Moves: Mobilizing Public Histories in Post-Digital Space.” Scholarly and Research Communication, 7(2), 2016: 13 pp. DOI: 10.22230/src.2016v7n2/3a248
Wizinsky, M. (2016) “Conflict Interfaces: Mediated Meditations on Desire, Fear, and Anxiety” in Design, User Experience, and Usability: Novel User Experiences, LNCS 9747, Aaron Marcus ed., Springer-Verlag, 2016: 86–97.
Wizinsky, M. (2015) “Touch Here to Begin: Paper Interfaces and Legible Circuits,” Scholarly and Research Communication, 5(2), 2014: 9 pp. DOI: 10.22230/src.2014v5n2a155
SELECT RECENT PRESS & MEDIA COVERAGE
Brady, Amy. “An Interview with Sean Lally and Matthew Wizinsky.” The Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts. (3 Jan 2020)
Poggio, N. Design Educator Profiles: Matthew Wizinsky, AIGA Design Educators Community. (5 Dec 2019)
Royzman, Valerie. “How can you help stem the opioid crisis? Interactive exhibit touring libraries offers answers.” Cincinnati Enquirer. (7 June 2019)
Wizinsky, M. “Design After Capitalism,” invited blog post for AIGA Design Educators Community. (5 June 2019)
Testado, Justine. “Exhibit Columbus awards six University Design Research Fellowships for 2018-19.” Archinect. (24 Aug 2018)
Reilly, M.B. “Cincinnati to Venice.” LEAD Magazine. (July 2018)
Dissection, episode 14: Matthew Wizinsky, podcast interview by Jason Alejandro. (21 Sept 2016)
Schefft, Melanie. “Dazzling display: UC students and faculty create giant musical playground for LUMENOCITY.” UC Magazine. (10 Aug 2016)
Kaufman, Gil. “Lumenocity 2016: Expect new venue and producers, eye-popping art” WCPO Cincinnati. (1 Aug 2016)
Alewine, Mirhanda & MacNeil, Eryn. “In Plain Sight: shining a spotlight on women living with HIV.” AIDS Foundation Chicago. (20 May 2016)
Rote, Laura. “Kartemquin Films celebrates 50 years of documentary filmmaking.” Time Out Chicago. (28 Mar 2016)
Sarabia, Tony. “UIC Exhibit Shares Stories of Chicago-area Women Living With HIV.” WBEZ Morning Shift. (6 Mar 2016)
Riley, Chloe. “HIV Positive Chicago Women Share Oral Histories in New UIC Exhibit.” WTTW Chicago Tonight. (3 Mar 2016)
“Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago 2014,”NewCity.