Liz Danzico

  • Chair and co-founder, MFA Interaction Design
  • Creative director, NPR

Liz is founding chairperson of the MFA in Interaction Design Program. Outside of SVA, she is creative director for NPR in digital media, overseeing and guiding both the visual and user experience across NPR-branded digital platforms and content. She is advisor to startups, nonprofits, global companies, and lecturer. 

Liz is proud to be on the advisory boards for initiatives that bolster design and technology, including R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator, NEA Studio, Thiel Fellowship, Austin Center for Design, and SXSW Interactive. Recent collaborators have included Teach For All, The New York Times, and This American Life. She has written for design-minded publications, including Eye Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Interactions Magazine, and writes part of her time at bobulate.com.

Previously, Liz was an independent consultant, working with businesses on design, planning, and execution of short- and long-term digital programs for global companies and nonprofit organizations. In her practice, she cultivated design and user-centered programs through collaborative methods in education, in digital design, and in technology to foster positive change. Collaborators included Teach for All, The New York Times, This American Life, and the TED Prize.

Liz has held positions as director of experience strategy for AIGA, user experience director for Happy Cog, headed up information architecture teams at Barnes & Noble.com and Razorfish New York. She helped shape editorial processes for Rosenfeld Media. She’s directed product development at both Daylife and Rodale Digital. She was involved with Boxes and Arrows, a magazine for information architects, lastly as editor-in-chief. She has previously served on advisory boards and juries for AIGA, AIGA/NY, Art Directors Club, Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Design Ignites Change, desigNYC, The Feast, the HOW Conference, NEA Studio, NYCxDESIGN, Rosenfeld Media, the Information Architecture Institute, One Show Interactive, and the Weeksville Heritage Center.

Liz has been thesis advisor in the graduate graphic design program at the Rhode Island School of Design, adjunct faculty at the New School University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and lectured at schools from Columbia University to MICA: Maryland Institute College of Art. She has a BA from Pennsylvania State University and an MA from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Courses Taught

Education

MA, Carnegie Mellon University

BA, Pennsylvania State University

Experience

Independent consultant

User experience director, Happy Cog

Development editor, Rosenfeld Media

Director of experience strategy, AIGA

User experience director, Daylife.com

Information architecture manager, Barnes & Noble.com

Information architecture manager, Razorfish

Publications

Adobe ThinkTank

Becoming a Digital Designer, Contributor

Boxes and Arrows

Business Week

Communicating Design, Foreword

Eye Magazine

Field-Tested Books

Fortune Magazine

Gain: AIGA Journal of Business and Design

I Heart Design, Contributor

Interactions Magazine, Columnist

The Manual

The Pastry Box Project

Shape of Design, Foreword

Touchpoint: Service Design Journal

UX Matters

Voice: AIGA Journal of Design

Writing and Research for Graphic Designers, Contributor