Ms. Heather Anne Corcoran

About Me

information design applied to public health, education, and the humanities

Member Since June 1999
Member Type Supporter
AIGA Chapter St. Louis
Title Professor of Design, Director of the College & Graduate School of Art
Company Washington University
Email ude.ltsuw@narocroch
Portfolio Site
Field Educator
Design/Graphic design
Information design/architecture

Heather Corcoran is an information designer, graphic designer, and writer. She is associate professor of Communication Design at Washington University in St. Louis, and principal of Plum Studio. Her research identifies an interdisciplinary role for information design in academia, balancing function and expression. She leads collaborative projects that position information design as a critical driver in contemporary public health and education. In more autonomous design work, she uses information design to make expressive pieces about literary history, which are linked to contemporary visualization work in the digital humanities. She writes about information design, learning, and culture in a variety of formats.  

Specific projects include a data visualization collaboration funded by the National Cancer Institute in which she served as primary investigator, 2009-2010. She received a grant from the Kauffman Foundation in 2006. Recent clients include the Yale University Press, the Saint Louis Zoo, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City), the Princeton Architectural Press, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Heather has written articles for design publications including InForm, How Magazine, Design Principles and Practices, and Education International, and has given talks for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the College Arts Association (CAA), the Association of American Museums (AAM), and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). She is co-founder of WashUCity, a design collaboration between undergraduates in Communication Design and University City High School students. She has received design awards from the New York Book Show, Print’s Regional Design Annual, and aiga St. Louis, and her work has been featured in the design publication Communication Arts.

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