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Designing for Children’s Success: IA Collaborative Leads Workshop During 2019 KIPP School Summit

A cross-disciplinary team from IA Collaborative is headed to the 25th annual KIPP School Summit in Houston, TX. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program is a national network of public charter schools dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.

During the conference, IA Collaborative will lead a workshop that combines design thinking and equitable design called, “Hack-a-thon: Designing the Future of the KIPP Alumni Network.”

The IA Collaborative team will bring together 200 alumni from across the country to brainstorm, plan, design, and pitch ideas for the future of the KIPP alumni network. Over the next year, IA Collaborative will work with KIPP to activate the top ideas and begin piloting with alumni as partners with the purpose of designing a community network that enables KIPP students to succeed, regardless of the path they choose.

Learn more about the conference.


01:15 pm


George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX, 77010

IA Collaborative publishes book "Design for Health: The Beginning of a New Dialogue Between Design and Public Health"

IA Collaborative + Harvard University: The Critical Role of Design in Public Health

IA Collaborative Founder and Chief Design Strategy Officer Kathleen Brandenburg was a visiting professor in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s “Design of Social Innovation” class, a first-of-its kind course aimed at exploring a new role for design and design thinking within public health.

Patrick Whitney, former Dean at the IIT Institute of Design, invited Brandenburg to guest lecture the course to explore human-centered design strategies with students and apply them in a public health context.

IA Collaborative recently published a book edited by Brandenburg, Design for Health: The Beginning of a New Dialogue Between Design and Public Health, which documents the course and describes how design methods, in collaboration with scientific methods, may provide a revolutionary opportunity to transform public health.

Taking this class set me off on a path of reimagining possibilities for innovation in healthcare and social impact.

  • Shalen De Silva, Harvard alumnus who is currently in the midst of launching a healthcare technology startup named Vincere

Throughout the semester, students explored how contextual design enhances research methods and design thinking illuminates systemic causes of complex problems. They also discussed the power of prototyping and how iterative research methods lead to faster solutions. In doing so, the class created a dialogue between science, design, and public health, empowering its students with new tools they could bring to the real world.

It’s now quite common for me to find myself in a room with clinical experts on one end, business/consulting types on the other, and me acting as a bridge between the two.

Brandenburg is continuing her involvement with the Harvard course in 2019, serving as a visiting professor and guest lecturer.

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Special thanks to the IA Collaborative team members that made the publication of Design for Health: The Beginning of a New Dialogue Between Design and Public Health possible: 

Amy Wicks, Tori Wheeler, Alec Cerminaro, Kit Leitner, Lila Trickle, Rebecca Gimenez, Megan Pryce, and Derek Smith.


IA Collaborative’s Dan Kraemer and Airbnb’s David Holyoke Co-present at Design Thinking 2019

IA Collaborative’s Founder and Chief Design Officer Dan Kraemer joined a distinguished speaker lineup including leaders from USAA, Pepsi, United Healthcare, and Google at Design Thinking 2019. He invited Airbnb for Work’s David Holyoke onstage to discuss a recent collaboration to create the future of work, and explore how to apply design processes to identify and prototype new business opportunities.



Elevating the Impact of Service Design

On Wednesday, July 18, we welcome the Service Design Network Chicago chapter for a presentation about IA Collaborative’s service design work and methods, followed by mixing and mingling on our rooftop.

Elevating the Impact of Service Design: At IA Collaborative, we practice service design as just…Design. Because we believe that no matter who you’re designing for—or what you’re designing—a “service design mindset” is critical to understanding and addressing the complete experience of your users. Through the lens of our recent work for Hyatt, Nike, and more, we’ll share how we’ve elevated the impact of service design to ultimately inspire brand evangelism, drive lifelong customer loyalty, and create disruptive business impact.

For tickets and further info, click here.


06:30 pm


IA Collaborative
218 S. Wabash Ave., 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604



IA Collaborative Takes the Stage at Service Design Week 2017

IA Collaborative Founder and Chief Design Officer Dan Kraemer will take the stage at Service Design Week 2017 in Boston, giving a keynote address about The Service Design Initiatives Every Company Should Be Leading.


10:00 am


Boston, MA