Aaron Ganci is a visual communication and user interface designer with expertise in user-centered design. He joined Herron’s faculty as an assistant professor of Visual Communication Design at Herron School of Art and Design in 2012. Professor Ganci received a B.A. in Fine Art/Graphic Design from Eastern Illinois University and an M.F.A. in Design Development and Research from The Ohio State University. With professional experience in graphic, interaction, and user experience design, he is an expert in both the visual design of digital interfaces and in the translation of user needs into useful, usable, and desirable experiences. He is a frequent consultant on the design of websites and software interfaces, most recently for the IU School of Medicine, the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), and the city of Indianapolis. In addition to professional creative activity, Professor Ganci also studies the evolution of processes and activities in the contemporary design profession and the use of visual communication design to enhance emerging technology and ubiquitous computing environments.

You can read more about Professor Ganci’s creative and scholarly work on his website: www.aaronganci.com

Work/Research Descriptions:

Plan 2020 Dashboard

I was awarded a 2015 Indianapolis Plan 2020 Fellowship to design and build an online dashboard. The dashboard is used by the citizens of Indianapolis to check on improvements that the city is making leading up to the bicentennial in 2021.

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)

From 2011 through 2015, I was invited to work on the User Experience team at OCLC. I helped them develop the interfaces for a new suite of library discovery tools that are used worldwide.

Indiana University School of Medicine Work/Life Benefits Portal

In 2014, I worked with the IU School of Medicine to develop a website that would allow faculty and staff to gain better access to their benefits.

History of Western Medicine in China

In collaboration with IUPUI’s History Department, I designed and developed a portal that allows researchers in the U.S. and China to access historical documents about medical practices in China.