In the continued spirit of Independence Day we hosted a potato salad “peel-off” for snack today. Yes, snack. At our office. It happens every day at 3pm and it’s a big deal. The Breakfast Club makes the snack every Thursday and we like to kick it up a notch or two, put on a little show. Thus, the…
This was the first time I’ve ever seen five kinds of potato salad on the same table.
Specialties: Innovation Leadership, Design Strategy, Group Facilitation, User Experience, Qualitative Research, Teaching, Team Dynamics, Documentary Photography
2014 - Present
Adjunct Professor / Illinois Institute of Technology
Co-teaching undergraduate class on New Ventures and Innovation.
2013 - Present
Lead Strategist / gravitytank
Design Strategy Lead / Jump Associates
Lead consultative partnerships with visionary leaders to grow their businesses as catalysts for positive change. Project work touching organizational strategy and new offerings in digital services, financial services, healthcare, packaged goods, and food.
Travel Sabbatical / Travel Sabbatical
Expanded cultural, social, and economic views while exploring 10 countries in 5 months of travel across three continents. Kept extensive travel blog at weareaway.tumblr.com.
Design Manager / PepsiCo - Frito Lay
On loan from Jump Associates, worked with sales, marketing, and design leaders to build a design management system to support the CEO's vision to create a healthier future.
Design Strategist / Jump Associates
Conduct consulting projects that blend insight from social research with the creativity of design and the logic of analytical business planning to help visionary leaders to grow their businesses as catalysts for positive change. Project work touching organizational strategy and new offerings in digital services, financial services, healthcare, packaged goods, and food.
Instructor/Guest Lecturer / IIT Institute of Design
Courses: Graduate Photography - Prof. John Grimes, Fall 2007 Applied Design Research - Co-taught with Colleen Murray March 2010
Teacher and resource to graduate students at the Institute of Design of design especially concerning user-centered design research methodologies.
Design Researcher / Steelcase Inc.
Worked as a part of Steelcase's Workspace Futures group to design an internal space to support creation and sharing of design and research methodologies between internal product design, design research, and manufacturing groups and partners.
Information Designer / Regional Transportation Authority
Planned and conducted design research and prototyping studies for system-wide Chicago public transportation transfer project. Integrated findings into design and modification of city-wide transit signage.
Designer / Tom Graboski Associates - Design
Designed wayfinding systems, signage, graphic identities. Clients included Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Regent Hotels.
Designer / Self Employed
Designed and built websites and brand identities for clients in photography and architecture.