Emily Verba Fischer (b. 1982) is an Ohio native who returned to the Midwest after receiving her master's degree from the Basel School of Design. Prior to her studies in Switzerland, she lived and practiced design for a variety of corporate and cultural clients in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and the French Alps. Through these international experiences, she developed a teaching approach that emphasizes the concept of global citizenry in addition to design acuity. She believes that maximizing understanding of other cultures through interpersonal connection and the shared language of design can create a more empathic world for all.

Emily’s academic research concerns information visualization — the creation and study of visual representations of data for ease of understanding by the masses. In our age of information overload, she is interested in the potential to marry ultra clear communication with aesthetic sophistication.

Emily is currently an Assistant Professor at the Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design in the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). She frequently travels abroad to share her research and pedagogical activities. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and publications nationally and internationally.


MAS: Visual Communication and Iconic Research
Hochschule for Gestaltung
und Kunst / Institut Visuelle Kommunikation / The Basel School of Design

Basel, Switzerland

International MFA: Graphic Design
University of Illinois, Chicago
dual degree delivered in
Basel, Switzerland

BS: Graphic Design
University of Cincinnati
College of D A A P









Emily Verba Fischer, LLC
2006 – present

Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati
College of D A A P
Communication Design Program 2013 – present

Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati
College of D A A P
2011 – 2013

Adjunct Instructor
University of Cincinnati
College of D A A P

Senior Designer
Liska + Associates
( renamed Language Dept. )
New York, New York
2006 – 2009

Seattle, Washington

Vanderbyl Design
San Francisco, California

Annecy, France

Cincinnati, Ohio