Faculty / Karen Cheng

Karen Cheng

Professor, Visual Communication Design
Donald E. Petersen Professor in the Arts
Art Building, room 257

Professor Karen Cheng received her Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 1997, she worked in Brand Management at the Procter and Gamble Company and studied engineering at Penn State University. Her work has been published by Communication Arts, the American Center for Design, Critique, the Society for Publication Designers, the University + College Designers Association, How Magazine and PIE Tokyo. She is active in the Seattle chapter of the AIGA, where she has been a board member and chair of the education committee. Her book, Designing Type, was published by Yale University Press in Spring 2006. In 2012 she collaborated with her colleague Annabelle Gould to produce an issue of ARCADE Magazine on the topic of design education.

A 2012 lecture from Karen (on her research, teaching and design work) is available for viewing here.

Notable Works