Both my individual project work and client work have received several notable design and tech awards, grants, and international press—including The Washington Post and Hyperallergic. Additionally, my design teams and students have also received significant recognition for their work—including AIGA, Communication Arts, and The Society of Typographic Arts. Over the years, I have been awarded several fellowships in art, design, tech, and writing—supporting cutting-edge research, thought leadership, and publishing.

Notable Press

san Francisco examiner
‘Strikethrough!’ protest art showcases Bay Area’s revolutionary political history

Letterform Archive
Letterform Archive’s second exhibition celebrates design that empowers communities and fights oppression

washington posT
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 Quinn Uses Design Fiction to Challenge the Status Quo

AIGA Chicago
All We Got: Meet the Team Behind AIGA Chicago’s Diversity & Inclusion Agenda

Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Exhibitions

OpEd Project Public Voice Fellowship
Awarded a spot in the 2022 cohort to develop my writing as a thought leader and public voice
Wicklander Fellowship in Ethics
Award and funding from DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business.
Project:Legally trespassing: Using speculative design to imagine the future implications of the metaverse
Evolving Graphic Design
Group exhibition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
Award and funding for “Ethical Design for the Metaverse”—a Client and Community class engaging with speakers working at the intersection of tech and social justice (with Dr. Sheena Erete)
AIGA Chicago Boost Grant
Award for “Design for The Adaptive Athlete Initiative”—a student-led project that engages with the broader Chicago community

University Research Council Funding
Award and funding for “Mariah: Acts of Resistance, Documentary Short Film”
Communication Arts
Awarded for student’s project, “The Online Egg Community”  in the Typography Annual, 2020 (Student, Claire Rosas)
Woman of Spirit and Action Award
Nominated as an empowering leader in the field
Typeforce 2022
Selected to exhibit “Lost in Translation” Chicago’s  premiere design exhibition (Co-Prosperity Sphere)
Typeforce 2021
Selected to exhibit “The Fictional Nations of Fohn, Delta, and Holyland” at the premiere design exhibition in Chicago
Quality of Instruction Grant
Award and funding  from DePaul University for “Curricular Alignment with Emerging Trends in the Digital Design Industry”

Franz Masereel Centre, Belgium
Awarded a 4-week art and writing residency for “Lost in Translation”—a project exploring the ethics of  AI and AR