MDes students design, research, learn, and teach closely with design faculty.

Faculty

One of the unique qualities of the UW MDes program is its relatively small size, which allows students to work closely with design faculty who have expertise in visual communication design, interaction design and industrial design. See the faculty directory here. →

Our faculty have expertise in:

  • typography
  • information visualization
  • publication design
  • exhibition design
  • medical design
  • sustainable design
  • virtual and augmented reality
  • speculative design
  • Internet of Things
  • design history
  • design ethics
  • entrepreneurship
  • materials and fabrication
  • soft goods
  • design research
Annabelle Gould

Chair, Division of Design →

Annabelle Gould

Typography, Visual Communication Design
Audrey Desjardins

Associate Professor, IxD →

Audrey Desjardins

Interaction Design, Sustainability, Research-through-Design, Speculative Design, Design methods
Axel Roesler

Chair, IxD →

Axel Roesler

Industrial Design,Interaction Design, New Media
Dominic Muren

Associate Teaching Professor →

Dominic Muren

Biological Art, Design History, Industrial Design, Social Practice, Sustainability
James Pierce

Assistant Professor, ixd →

James Pierce

Critical Theory, Digital Arts, Digital Fabrication, Human-Computer Interaction, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Social Practice, Sustainability, User Experience Design
Jason O. Germany

Chair, ID →

Jason O. Germany

Digital Fabrication, Industrial Design
Jayme Yen

Lecturer, Design →

Jayme Yen

Book Arts, Data Visualization, Information Design, Publication Design, Visual Communication Design
Karen Cheng

Professor, VCD →

Karen Cheng

Visual Communication Design
Kristine Matthews

Chair, vcd →

Kristine Matthews

Information Design, Sustainability, Visual Communication Design, Exhibition Design
Meichun Liu

Assistant Professor, id →

Meichun Liu

Industrial Design
Sang-gyeun Ahn

Associate Professor, ID →

Sang-gyeun Ahn

Industrial Design

Inspiring cross-pollination happens between MDes students who enter the program with a range of skills, expertise and interests to share.

Students

MDes students enter the program already with an understanding of design as a profession and practical skills in design. During their time at the University of Washington, they often explore new facets of design and dive deeper into a specific area of interest.  See the MDes student directory here. →

Ann Mathew

MDes 2024 →

Ann Mathew

Data Visualization, Human-computer Interaction, Information Design, Interaction Design, User Experience Design
Chen Wei

MDes 2023 →

Chen Wei

Industrial Design, Information Design, Interaction Design, Social Practice, Sustainability
Chuanzhe Xiong

MDes 2024 →

Chuanzhe Xiong

Design, Social Practice, Visual Arts, Branding
Claire Florence Weizenegger

MDes 2023 →

Claire Florence Weizenegger

Social Practice, Participatory Design, Human-Centered Design, System Thinking, Design for Social Change, Social Norms
Hongyuan Jiang

MDes 2023 →

Hongyuan Jiang

Human-computer Interaction, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Sustainability, Visual Communication Design
Kristiaan Brauer

MDes 2024 →

Kristiaan Brauer

3D Modeling, Digital Fabrication, Industrial Design, AI, Assisted Design
Maya Anne Kaneko

MDes 2024 →

Maya Anne Kaneko

Comparative Studies, Digital Humanities, Interaction Design, Material Culture, User Experience Design
Melanie Wells

MDes 2023 →

Melanie Wells

Data Visualization, Environmental Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Design, Interaction Design, User Experience Design, Visual Communication Design
Min Jung Koo

MDes 2024 →

Min Jung Koo

3D Modeling, Data Visualization, Interaction Design, Visual Culture
Wyatt Olson

MDes 2024 →

Wyatt Olson

Avant-garde, Design, Human-computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Interactive Art, Photography, Publication Design, Typography
Xiaohan Liao

MDes 2023 →

Xiaohan Liao

Data Visualization, Visual Communication Design