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Yvette Shen

Yvette  Shen

Yvette Shen

Associate Professor | Visual Communication Design Coordinator


222 Hayes Hall
108 North Oval Mall
Columbus OHIO 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Information Design
  • Data Visualization
  • User Interface Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Design for Health and Wellness


  • MFA, Visual Communication Design, Purdue University
  • BS, Computer Science, University of Rhode Island

Select Recognition

  • 2023 Design Incubation Communication Design Educators Awards Teaching category Runner up
  • 2022 Johnson & Johnson Innovation QuickFire Challenge Award "Wheeltrak" project team
  • 2020 Web Design Award (GD USA)
  • 2020 The Ohio State University Research Seed Grant Studying Subjective Well-being on OSU Campus using Modern Machine Learning Techniques
  • 2019 The Ohio State University The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Open Grant "How the Arts and Humanities can Benefit our Well-being"
  • 2013 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Creative Project 2nd Place Award
  • 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) Innovation in Interactive Media in Education Semifinalist, Adobe Systems
  • 2007 STA (The Society of Typographic Arts) Scholarship: Jack Weiss Founder Award (First Prize)
  • 2007 Creative Quarterly Graphic Design Bronze Award (Issue 7) New York, New York

Current CV [pdf] Google Scholar Research Gate

Yvette Shen was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and studied fashion design in China, computer science, and visual communication design in the States. Before attending graduate school, she worked as an interactive designer closely collaborating with clients such as Lenox Hill, HGTV, ESPN, Saucony, Abbott, Novartis, Comcast, and numerous renowned art galleries in New York City. Drawing from her personal, educational, and professional experiences, she deeply appreciates the significance of an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach. She is dedicated to navigating and unraveling complex issues, offering innovative, functional, and human-centered design solutions.

Her current research and teaching experiences focus on spanning cultural boundaries, engaging in meaningful collaboration with non-designers, mastering strategic thinking and systemic approaches, and promoting and supporting individual and community's well-being. The two main areas of interest that she has investigated in are:

  1. Design for Data Comprehension, Insight Discovery, and Collaboration - Exploring design methods to enhance understanding of complex information, stimulate curiosity, and facilitate inter(trans)disciplinary collaboration.
  2. Design to promote positive emotions and behaviors - Investigating how design can be strategically applied to encourage positive emotions and behaviors, thereby supporting people's well-being.

Active Community and University Service and Leadership

  • AIGA Design Educator Steering Committee board member
  • Across the Divide, Chinese Art and Educator in American Academia board member
  • Affiliated faculty to EASC (East Asia Study Center), Interdisciplinary Master Program Fellowship Committee
  • Students Wellness Committee for College of Arts and Sciences 
  • Visual Communication Design program coordinator
  • Undergraduate Study Committee
  • Strategic Plan Committee, Faculty Eminence and Funding Subcommittee
  • Events Committee
  • Search Committee

Selected Publications

  • 10.2023 Glover, R., Shen, Y.Tracking Acts of Kindness through Comics: an Experimental Study In: IASDR2023 Milan: Life Changing Design. https://doi.org/10.21606/iasdr.2023.697
  • 04.2023 Shen, Y., Sanders, E.B.-N. Identity discovery: Small learning interventions as catalysts for change in design education. Journal of Design, Business & Society, Special Issue: ‘Design and Interdisciplinarity’, 9:1, pp. 127–44, https://doi.org/10.1386/dbs_00049_1
  • 11.2022 Shen, Y., Sanders, E.BN. Visualizing Stress – In-person and Virtual Co-designing with Chart-Based Tools. In: Bruyns, G., Wei, H. (eds) [ ] With Design: Reinventing Design Modes. IASDR 2021. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-4472-7_173
  • 06.2022 Chu, H.Y., Shen, Y. User Feedback Design in AI-Driven Mood Tracker Mobile Apps. In: Kurosu, M. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction. User Experience and Behavior. HCII 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13304. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05412-9_24
  • 05.2022 Ortega, A., van Kollenburg J., Y. Shen, et al. SIG on Data as Human-Centered Design Material. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI EA ‘22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 160, 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1145/3491101.3516403
  • 02.2022 Shen Y. Supporting Student Mental Health in an information Design Class By Employing Approaches Derived From Positive Psychology Dialectics Vol. 3 Issue 1, AIGA Design Educators’ Community and Michigan Publishing https://doi.org/10.3998/dialectic.14932326.0003.106
  • 01.2022 A brams M. Zajo K. Chan P. Shen Y. et al. A Health Literate Approach to Address Health Disparities: A Virtual Program for Parents of Children with Sickle Cell. Journal of Communication in Healthcare (YCIH) https://doi.org/10.1080/17538068.2022.2026056.
  • 09.2019 Shen Y., Yu S. "Design for Empowerment: A case study of using information visualization to support and promote college students' subjective well-being" International Association Societies of Design Research (IASDR) 2019 Manchester, UK 
  • 01.2019 Shen Y. Placing Graphic Design at the Intersection of Information Visualization Fields Digital Humanities Quarterly Vol 12, No. 4

Selected Exhibitions

  • 08.2019 The Beauty of Visual Language as Art exhibition. San Francisco Public Library
  • 10.2018 RSD7 Visualizing Complex Systems Exhibition. Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • 02.2018 Words in Characters, Books as Vehicles. Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery, Biola University, CA
  • 12.2017 Shanghai Visual Art and Design Exhibition 2017. Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  • 07.2017 ChinaVis Data Visualization Poster Exhibition. Qingdao, China
  • 04.2017 The Art of Language in Asian Culture juried Exhibition, Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, East Asia Library of Stanford University

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