Design Research Basics Workshop with Jenn and Ken Visocky O'Grady - Toronto

Join Jenn and Ken Visocky O'Grady to learn about Design Research Basics!



Before October 7th (early-bird)

Members & DT Delegates: $150 CDN ; Non-Members: $200 CDN

After October 7th

Members & DT Delegates: $200 CDN ; Non-Members: $245 CDN

Lunch Not Included




Workshop Description

Design Research Basics

Design Research Basics serves as an introduction to the research methods and tools used in the professional practice of visual communication design. Participants will gain an understanding of research strategies, tactics, frameworks, and how to apply them through a combination of activities and discussions.

This combination workshop & lecture will teach you how to:

  • Promote the value and role of research in solving complex design problems
  • Gain an understanding of research methods and their practical use in design process
  • Learn how to organize research findings using frameworks to gain design insights
  • Learn from examples of design research in practice in small, medium, and large contexts
  • Provide resources and tools to advance your design research skills


About Jenn and Ken Visocky O'Grady

Jenn + Ken Visocky O’Grady are authors, designers, and educators whose work has been featured in numerous books and creative industry publications.

Jenn is a professor at Cleveland State University, a public research university where for more than two decades she has dedicated herself to providing access and opportunity to a diverse group of aspiring creatives. She has also served on the national board of directors for AIGA, and was recently recognized as an AIGA Fellow.

Ken is a professor and coordinator of the graduate program at the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. His coursework focuses on design thinking and research-driven design practices. He has served on the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) steering committee.

The couple have co-authored internationally distributed books: Design Currency, The Information Design Handbook, and A Designer’s Research Manual (now in a second updated and expanded edition), that strive to make academic concepts approachable while celebrating the power, impact, and potential of good design. They also present workshops and lectures at creative industry events, and are committed to promoting the value of design to external audiences.