Renée Stevens:

designer, educator, author, speaker.



Renée Stevens:

designer, educator, author, speaker.


Renée Stevens is an award-winning motion and augmented reality designer, educator, and public speaker currently located in Syracuse, NY. She is the creator of tagAR, an augmented reality mobile application that helps users never forget a name again. Her creative research looks at how Augmented Reality can help overcome Learning Disabilities, specifically Dyslexia.  She splits her time between running an independent interactive design studio and as an Assistant Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is also the Associate Chair of the Visual Communications Department where she oversees the Design Program. She was named a 2017 Educator to Watch by GDUSA and received a prestigious 2018 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award.

As a speaker she has been invited to events around the world, including SXSW, AIGA, and the European Conference on Social Media, to talk about her work in Augmented Reality. She is an active member of AIGA Upstate New York and serves on the board as the Director of Education. Stevens has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards from Graphis, Print, GDUSA, AEJMC, Minted, and Lightwork. Her favorite things include properly kerned type, perfectly paced music, and designing for good.

Renée is the Creative and Managing Director for the annual design workshop, Pixels & Print (http://pixelsvsprint.syr.edu) at Syracuse University, which provides a real-world collaborative experience to design students by working on projects focusing on the power of design by designing for social good.







Master of Science, Photography (Multimedia) 
Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Bachelor of Fine Art, Graphic Design
Associate in Applied Science, DIgital Illustration  
Minor: Mass Media Communication
Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Design | Graduated with High Honors


Syracuse University, Assistant Professor of Design | 2016 – present
Associate Chair, Visual Communications Department
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

R studio, Owner, Designer, and Developer | 2009 – present

i & us photography, co-owner and photographer 

Minted, Exclusive CMYK designer

stressdesign, designer 

Lattora, Paul, & McCann advertising, junior art director

The Post Standard, Ad Services designer

Montana Department of Agriculture, designer



GDUSA, American Web Design Award | 2019

Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University | 2018

GDUSA, Educator to Watch | 2017

GDUSA, American Graphic Design Award | 2014

Graphis Poster Annual: Gold Award | 2008

PRINT: Gold Award | 2008

GDUSA, Four American Graphic Design Awards | 2008

GDUSA, Three American Graphic Design Awards | 2009

Light Work: Photography Invitational Honorable Mention Award | 2011

Minted: Sixty-five awards in Design and Photography | 2009– present

TEDx Syracuse University, Speaker | 2019
Never Forget a Name Again.

South by Southwest, Speaker/Mentor | 2018
Augmented Reality and Immersive Design Mentor

Frameless Symposium on VR/MR/AR, Rochester Institute of Technology, Speaker | 2018
Social Augmented Reality

European Conference for Social Media in Limerick, Ireland, Speaker | 2018
Social Augmented Reality, presenting tagAR

Capital Region Advertising Federation, Education Series, Speaker | 2018
Social Augmented Reality

Human Computer Interaction Lecture Series SUNY Oswego, Guest Speaker | 2018
Practical Augmented Reality

Tea for Teaching Podcast, Interview | 2018
Augmented Reality Overcoming Learning Disabilities

Design Incubation Colloquium 4.0, Speaker | 2017
Augmented Reality Overcoming Learning Disabilities

AIGA Get Worked Up Conference, Speaker | 2017
Typography for Augmented Reality

South by Southwest, Speaker | 2017
Breaking Your Computer Habits, "By Design" Ignite Series

Navy Senior Enlisted Media and Communication Training Symposium, Speaker | 2017
Design Thinking

Cornell University Cooperative Extension System Conference, Webinar Speaker | 2017
Interaction Design: The story of the User

Minted Masters Series, Webinar Speaker | 2015
Top Ten Tips for Type




Design Skills

Motion Design, Augmented Reality Design, 3D and 360° Animation, User Interface

and User Experience Design, Data Visualization, Typography, Identity Design,

Publication Design, Advertising, Project Management, Art Direction, Social Media

Marketing, Digital Illustration, and Storytelling

Photography + Video Skills  

Nikon and Canon DSLR for video and stills, 360° video, Digital Leaf Back, Audio

Recording and Editing, Studio Lighting, Non-Linear Editing, Storyboarding, Still

and Video Color Correction, Image Stabilization and Tracking, Post Production

Retouching, Visual Effects, and Motion Graphics

Computer + Development Skills  

Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro

Cinema 4D, Unity, Skybox, Final Cut Pro

Web: HTML5, CSS3, PHP, Javascript

iOS: Xcode, Swift 4