Dr. Hilary Kenna

Dr. Hilary Kenna

Dr. Hilary Kenna

Strategic Designer, Researcher & Head of Department | IADT

Dr. Hilary Kenna is a strategic designer, researcher and Head of Department of Technology and Psychology at IADT, Ireland’s only IoT specialising in Art Design and Technology. In 2017, Hilary authored IADT’s postgraduate Certificate in Design Thinking, which has proved hugely popular with graduates and professionals. She is a strong advocate for Design Thinking for Designers.

Hilary has led NDRC and EI funded award-winning commercialisation research projects in UX design and data visualization. Passionate about screen typography, the subject of her PhD and TedX talk, Words made Usable, Hilary designed the multiple award-winning poetry iPad App, The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot for publishers Faber & Faber and Touch Press in London. She is an Associate Researcher with the Book Futures Lab, Royal College of Art, London.

Previously, Hilary acted as consultant Head of Design and UX at Independent News & Media, Ireland where she re-designed¬†www.independent.ie, Ireland’s largest online newspaper and many other products, resulting in 25% traffic growth within weeks of launch.

Hilary is passionate about the spaces where design and technology cross-over to create innovative, usable and meaningful human experiences that will ultimately have social impact. She has lectured and published internationally and is a peer reviewer for She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, published by Elsevir.