Sheila Pontis

Lecturer, Electrical Engineering and Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education

Sheila Pontis is an information designer, researcher, educator and practitioner working at the intersection of information design, cognitive science, and field research. She has a deep interest in understanding people and creating solutions to address their needs and behaviors. Sheila studied Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires, and went on to specialize in Information Design receiving two Master’s degrees from the University of Barcelona, and a PhD from the University of the Arts London. As research associate at University College London, she worked on the development of sensemaking and visual analytics tools to help intelligence analysts improve their work. Her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and she is the author of Making Sense of Field Research: A Practical Guide for Information Designers (2018), published by Routledge. As a professional information designer, Sheila has produced work for diverse industries and organizations in the United States, South America and Europe including clients like Pfizer (US, Europe), Transport for London (UK), NHS (UK), Elsevier (UK, Spain), and Unilever (South America). She has extensive experience delivering workshops for professionals, and almost 20 years teaching in higher education, having taught at several universities in Argentina, Spain, the UK and the US. In 2015, she joined Princeton University, where she teaches creativity, information design and design thinking. Her courses introduce students to design practice and bring information design closer to science, and other disciplines. Sheila is also partner at Sense Information Design, a New York-area design consultancy.