PhD, Lecturer in Design & UX Faculty of Film, Art & Creative Technologies;
IADT, former is Head of Department of Technology & Psychology (Till 2019).
She lectures on the BA in Visual Communication Design, which she co-Chaired from 2007-09. Hilary was a member of IADT's Governing Body, Academic Council and R+D Committee. As principle investigator, she has raised over €1m in research funding from EI and NDRC. Her work was commercialised as a product and granted two US design patents in 2015
Hilary’s research into user experience, interface design and data visualisation for information discovery, funded by Enterprise Ireland, was commercialised in 2014, into an online visual search and discovery product for education and research called SeeSearch. SeeSearch was granted two US design patents in 2015 and was selected to be a participant in Google’s Adopt-a-Startup Programme in September 2015 and Telefonica’s Wayra Startup Academy in 2014.
From 2008-2010, Hilary was Principle Investigator of a data visualization and business intelligence research project called Vizi, which was funded by Ireland’s National Digital Research Centre (NDRC). In 2010, Vizi won the Irish Software Association (ISA) award for Best Industry Academic Research Collaboration with Irish digital agency Twelve Horses.
The Graphic Design Reader - Selected Writings, Emil Ruder: A Future for Design Principles in Screen Typography, Bloombury Press, Edited by Teal Triggs and Leslie Atzmon 2016
Seek and You Will find – Interview: Hilary Kenna, founder of SeeSearch Discovery App, 2+3D grafika plus produkt, Polish Design Quarterly, Issue III 2015
Touching the text of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land: a critical discussion of interactive design and screen typography for an iPad ebook, Book 2.0, Intellect Publishing, Winter Issue 2013
Contributing author (6 entries on screen and digital media design), Phaidon Design Classics, Phaidon 2012
Emil Ruder: A Future for Design Principles in Screen Typography, Design Issues, MIT Press, Winter Issue, p.35-54 2010