Your privacy is critically important to us. The following privacy policy outlines how this website is used and how your information is related.

Welcome to Design Workbench. Our website address is:

We are committed to protecting your personal information and your right to privacy. This Privacy Policy explains how Design Workbench handles your personal data, the measures we take to protect it, and your rights regarding the data we collect. Using our website, you consent to the practices described in this policy.


Do we use ‘cookies’?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow), enabling the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. They help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, enabling us to provide improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and interactions to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We use these kinds of cookies:

Essential Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to your actions, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, or filling out forms. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

  • Comment Cookies: If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to save your name, email address, and website in cookies. These cookies will last for one year.
  • Login Cookies: When you log in, we will set up several cookies to save your login information and screen display choices. Login cookies last two days, and screen options cookies last a year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
  • Editor Cookies: An additional cookie will be saved in your browser if you edit or publish an article. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
  • Temporary Cookies: If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

Analytics Cookies

Our website uses Google Analytics to track and report website traffic. Google Analytics collects data such as your IP address, browser type, and pages visited. This information helps us understand how visitors use our site and allows us to make improvements based on user behavior.


We use LocalStorage to remember your preferences, such as dark mode settings. This data is stored locally in your browser and is not shared with third parties.

Changing Your Cookie Preferences

You can manage your cookie preferences at any time through your browser settings. You can choose to block all cookies, allow all cookies, or receive a notification when a cookie is set. However, please note that disabling cookies may affect the functionality of our website and your ability to access certain features. You may also update your initial cookie settings below.

Managing Your Information on this Site


When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, the visitor’s IP address, and the browser user agent string to help detect spam.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available at After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Password Resets

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

Third-Party Disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personally identifiable information to outside parties unless we ask your permission. Non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for future research and as part of publishing research findings.

Design Workbench may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. Design Workbench may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Design Workbench does not disclose your personally identifying information.

Third-Party Links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include links to other sites. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We, therefore, have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves as if the visitor had visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Depending on your browser and settings, your web browser may block these third-party cookies.

Data Security

Use of SSL

We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to encrypt the data between your device and our servers. This ensures that your interactions with our site are secure and your personal information is protected from unauthorized access.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This allows us to automatically recognize and approve any follow-up comments instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

We store the personal information provided by users who register on our website (if any) in their user profiles. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we must keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where We Send Your Data

 Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your Rights

You have the right to access, correct, or delete your personal data that we hold. If you wish to exercise any of these rights or have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please get in touch with us using the information listed at the bottom of this page.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update this Privacy Policy occasionally to reflect changes in our practices or for other operational, legal, or regulatory reasons. We encourage you to review this policy periodically to stay informed about how we are protecting your information. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.


Some parts of this privacy policy were created at and from the WordPress privacy policy default template.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or our data practices, please get in touch with us at:

Design Workbench
400 South Patterson Avenue
Oxford, Ohio  45056
United States of America

Thank you for visiting Design Workbench. Your privacy is important to us, and we are committed to safeguarding your personal information.

Dennis Cheatham

Associate Professor, Communication Design

Miami University

Updated: June 27, 2024 8:54 am
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