Kelly Kolar

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Cincinnati, OH

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2017 SEGD Distinguished Member, Past Board member of SEGD (2004-2011), President of Kolar Design

Kelly Kolar is president, founder and chief creative officer at Kolar Design. Founding Kolar Design in 1990, Kelly Kolar set herself apart as a creative talent, using her love of design and understanding of the human element to transform built environments. The firm creates impactful, branded experience at the intersection of people and place. 

Clients include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, MercyHealth, Carnegie Melon University, The Ohio State University , Washington University, Cincinnati Parks, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Kelly Kolar is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, where she has served as an adjunct professor. She has lectured nationally and internationally and her work has been reviewed in Print, Metropolis, Publish, the AIGA Annual, and Print Casebook.  The firm’s work is included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

She has served on the board of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) as well as the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She was awarded the 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise Star Award. She currently serves as a trustee at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., and Cincinnati Board of Visitors.

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Blog

How can design, and specifically EGD, support and enhance the healing mission in today’s complex healthcare environments?

SEGD Well: Healthcare Innovations Workshop, held last week in Cincinnati, set out to find the answers to that question.

So what are the answers? Well, you kind of had to be there. But we’re willing to share a peek at what you missed.

Clue: It’s much bigger than wayfinding or mobile apps.

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