Tania Schlatter

Professor of the Practice of Design


MDes (terminal degree) in human-centered communication design from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology
BFA in graphic design from Boston University
Study in Brissago, Switzerland with Armin Hofmann, Dorothea Hofmann, Pierre Mendel, Paul Rand and Richard Sapper through the Yale Summer Program in Graphic Design


Tania Schlatter is a humanity-centered design leader, researcher, educator and author who is equally interested in content, form and people. She facilitates and designs ethical, accessible, meaningful information experiences and teaches others to do the same.

Professor Schlatter has extensive experience leading research and design for web-based products and services, organizational websites, identities and print communications as well as teaching. From 2016-2022 she led design efforts in the product development group at the Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science serving multiple product teams, advised university research computing initiatives and was a chair of the University’s Experience Design community.

Schlatter co-founded and led the Boston user experience firm Nimble Partners from 2004-2015. Nimble provided human-centered design services ranging from product definition through launch. Clients included Oracle, Juniper, Kayak.com, Napster, Umbra Ltd., Women Deliver, Burning Glass Technologies (now Emsi BurningGlass), CafePress.com, numerous startups and over fourteen offices and departments at MIT, including the VP for Finance, MIT Medical, The Office of Housing, and the Office of Minority Development.


Selected Publications & Talks

Barness, J., Papalias, A., Schlatter, T. (2019). “Expanding the Discourse: Future Practices in Scholarly Publishing.” Decipher, Vol. 1. New York, NY: Dialogue: Proceedings of the AIGA Design Educators Community Conference.

Sarathy, J., Song, S., Haque, A., Schlatter, T., Vadhan, S. (2023). “Don’t Look at the Data! How Differential Privacy Reconfigures the Practices of Data Science.”

Schlatter, T. (2023). “IA Flex for the Future.” Information Architecture Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Schlatter, T. (2020). “Tenets for Successful Health Communication” [virtual] invited presentation for The Pandemic: Science and Society course, led by Krista Milich. Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Schlatter, T. (2019). “Make Me Think! Creating Appropriate Barriers for Responsible Interactions in Dataverse.” Women Talk Design Event at World Interaction Design Day, Boston, MA.

Schlatter, T., Levinson, D. (2013). Visual Usability: Principles and Practices for Designing Digital Applications. Elsevier. ISBN 9780123985361. https://doi.org/10.1016/C2012-0-00687-4


Visual Art and History of Art