I am a design futurist, innovator, and thought-leader.

A female leader in tech with 25 years  of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, communities, and institutions across the globe, I specialize in interdisciplinary collaboration and imagining the innovative potential and ethical implications of emerging technologies—including AI and the metaverse.


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Mariah App, an augmented reality program, reveals haunting link of Met’s Sackler Wing to opioid crisis


Augmented Reality App Connects the Life of an Opioid Victim to the Met Museum’s Sackler Wing

Animation review

Heather Snyder Quinn Uses Design Fiction to Challenge the Status Quo



wicklander fellow in ethicsDePaul University
Heather Snyder Quinn is named the   2021-2022 Wicklander Fellow from DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business 

STA 100 design AwardSociety of Typographic Arts
Heather Snyder Quinn wins STA Award for the third time for her augmented reality app

Excellence in teaching awardDePaul University
Heather Snyder Quinn is the 2022 recipient, awarded by DePaul University, Jarvis College of Computing


mariah ar experience
Mariah: Acts of Resistance is a collaborative initiative that challenges societal power systems, including big tech and big pharma, by “hacking the metaverse” as an act of protest.
NESTE innovation
Innovation initiative in partnership with Dentsu (Finland)—provided design fiction expertise for Neste, to imagine sustainable futures— included directing a short film, and publishing an article for the World Economic Forum.
transparency: Past, Present, Future
Experimental design futures publication investigating several emerging technologies, including digital fabrication, blockchain, and biometrics, and their innovative potential and ethical implications.
lost in translation
An award-winning project and publication  creatively utilizing artificial intelligence and augmented reality within Google Translate. Exhibited at Typeforce—Chicago’s premiere juried design exhibition in 2022.


Speaking & Engagements

What is design fiction and how can it shape a sustainable (real) future?

Author of article for Future of the Environment

Using Design Fiction to Imagine Sustainable Futures (workshop & keynote)

Biocene 2022 Transformation of Transportation

Using Speculative Design to Inform Tech Policy for the Metaverse and Beyond

Information Society Project at Yale Law School, Technologies of Deception Conference, 2022

Augmented Realities, Design Fiction and Content with Heather Snyder Quinn

All Things Content Podcast