Renée Stevens.



Renée Stevens.


Renée Stevens is an award-winning motion and interactive designer, educator, and public speaker currently located in Syracuse, NY. Her design focus currently is on motion and augmented reality design for social impact. She splits her time between owning and running her design studio and as an Assistant Professor of Design at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She was named a 2017 Educator to Watch by GDUSA. She is an exclusive designer for Minted, where she has had the opportunity to teach typography to designers around the world. She is an active member of AIGA Upstate New York and serves on the board as the Assistant Director of Education. Her favorite things include properly kerned type, perfectly paced music, and beautiful whitespace.

In 2014, Stevens brought her passion project to life by created the design workshop, Pixels & Print, which provides a real-world collaborative experience to students by working on projects focusing on the power of design and social impact.

Stevens has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards from Graphis, Print, GDUSA, AEJMC, Minted, and Lightwork, but her proudest achievements happen every day through the work of her students.

In November of 2014 she released a documentary, "Building a Family." This film inspired her to help document and tell the stories of people preparing for adoption. After experiencing this process first hand, she was inspired to contribute her skills to help bring families together through the adoption process.







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
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

the R studio, Owner and Designer | 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, Educator to Watch | 2017

GDUSA, American Graphic Design Award | 2014

Graphis Poster Annual: Gold Award | 2008

PRINT: Gold Award | 2008

GD USA, Four American Graphic Design Awards | 2008

GD USA, Three American Graphic Design Awards | 2009

Light Work: Photography Invitational Honorable Mention Award | 2011

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

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