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Ken Visocky O'Grady

Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor

Ken Visocky O’Grady is an Associate Professor of Visual Communication Design. He holds his BS/MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University, and has taught undergraduate and graduate coursework full-time at Kent State since 2003.

Ken and his wife Jenn co-founded Enspace in 1998. Enspace's list of clients includes Rockport Publishers, RotoVision Publishers, University Circle Incorporated, Burges & Burges Strategies, Faber-Castell, Pentair Water Treatment/WellMate, The Orthopedic Institute of the Great Lakes, the City of Cleveland, and more.

His work has been featured in PRINT’s 1999, 2004, and 2005 Regional Design Annuals, PRINT’s 2001 Interactive Design Annual, and HOW Magazine’s 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Self Promotion Annuals as well as HOW's 2004, 2005 and 2008 International Annuals. His firm also was included in a feature article in HOW’s 2002 Type and Trends issue. Enspace was featured in an 8 page article in HOW's Business Annual in 2004, and by HOW Books in a case study about the firm's collaborative working process, called Caffeine for the Creative Team: 200 Exercises to Inspire Group Innovation. Ken was interviewed for an article in HOW Magazine's January 2011 issue, "Common Ground."

Ken co-envisioned, co-authored and co-designed Parse, a resource available through HOW brands in partnership with AIGA and Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), the American and Canadian professional associations of design, respectively. Parse aims to make sense of issues and information relevant to design practitioners in an abbreviated format.

Ken has been invited to speak at several HOW Design Conferences, including HOW Design Live in 2013, as well as several years of the Design Thinkers conference, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Indiana University-Purdue University of Indiana, the NASA Print Conference, and to AIGA chapter events across the nation.

In addition to being recognized by various publications, Ken has won awards from The University College and Designers Association, the Cleveland Chapter of AIGA, the Akron Club of Printhouse Craftsman, and the Printing Association of Northern Kentucky and Ohio.

Ken served on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Chapter of AIGA as Education Chair for five years, and held a seat on the AIGA National Education Community of Interest Steering Committee for two years.

He is also the co-author of A Designer's Research Manual, published by Rockport Publishers; The Information Design Handbook, published by Rotovision Publishers; and Design Currency, published by Pearson Publishers.

 

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