Designer. Researcher. Educator.

Lisa Elzey Mercer is an assistant professor and graduate co-coordinator in graphic design. Her research interests are in developing, executing, and analyzing co-design frameworks that responsibly fuel and sustain social innovations. Moreover, Mercer is interested in utilizing design-led solutions gleaned from human-centered research to address complex social issues. Her work has been integrated into an academic, community, and organizational settings. The developed frameworks are meant to create a space for conversation and knowledge exchange where participants can actively collaborate in the creation of new ideas and solutions. This type of methodology is evident in all of her major projects.

Mercer has been published and invited as a keynote speaker internationally. She has also been featured on several media outlets, including the Dallas affiliate for NBC and the National Public Radio (NPR) shows Texas Standard, Illinois News Rooms, All Things Considered, and Sirius Radio She received her BFA in Visual Communications and Design from Purdue University and her MFA in Design Research from the University of North Texas.