Denise Heckman

School of Design

Associate Professor

Denise Heckman portrait.

4th Floor, The Nancy Cantor Warehouse
350 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Before joining the faculty of the industrial and interaction design program at Syracuse University, Denise Heckman began her career at Hallmark Cards and then spent the greater part of the late 1990s in the technology ghettos of Seattle.

She co-founded Motive Design Research, a design and consulting firm whose clients included Hewlett Packard, PhotoDisc, Adobe, and K2 Skis/Olen.

She worked as both a designer and as a design researcher for startup companies, biotech, medical, consumer products, and arts organizations.

Heckman currently teaches courses on design research, interaction design, and principles of industrial design. 


  • M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute