Jennifer Rittner

Founder, Content Matters

Jennifer is a writer, educator and communications strategist currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design and Visiting Scholar at the California College of the Arts. She has also taught at the School Visual Arts and SUNY FIT. She frequently writes and lectures about design and social justice, and has been published in The New York Times, Eye on Design, DMI: Journal, and Core77. In 2020, Jennifer guest edited The Policing Issue for the Design Museum Everywhere. Her research considers the intersections of design and power, primarily through the intersectional lenses of race, gender, ability, and socio-economic status.

Jennifer has worked for a number of design and design-adjacent institutions including Pentagram, the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, and the AIGA. As a museum educator at the American Federation of Arts (AFA) in the 1990s, Jennifer led Art Access II, an initiative designed to increase museum attendance among under-served communities through education and community outreach. She earned her M.Ed. in Communication and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where her thesis, “Space, Time, and Objects” proposed pedagogies of equity and access in the art history curriculum. Her forthcoming book (co-edited with Kelly Walters, Anne Berry etal.), The Black Experience in Design, will be published in February 2022 by Allworth Press.