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Patrick Whitney

Dean of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

Patrick Whitney is the Dean of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, and is the Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor of Design. Professor Whitney has published and lectured throughout the world about ways of making technological innovations more humane, the link between design and business strategy, and methods of designing interactive communications and products. His writing is generally about new frameworks of design that respond to three transformations: linking insights about user experience to business strategy, the shift from mass-production to flexible production, and the shift from national markets to markets that are both global and “markets of one.” Whitney’s consulting focuses on helping a company adopt methods that develop insights about customer experience and align them with the company’s strategy. He conducts executive workshops for numerous corporations and organizations. These have included Aetna, BP, Lenovo, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Steelcase, Texas Instruments, Zebra Technologies, and departments of the governments of Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and the UK. Business Week has featured professor Whitney as a ‘design visionary’ for bringing together design and business, Forbes named him as one of six members of the ‘E-Gang’ for his work in human centered design, and Fast Company has identified him as a ‘master of design’ for his leadership in the design field of linking the creation of value for users and economic value for companies. In addition to speaking at major design conferences throughout the world, he speaks at conferences on public policy and other fields outside of design. These include China Daily’s CEO Summits, executive briefings to the Confederation of Indian Industries, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, the 50th anniversary of the Aspen Institute, and the TED conference. He is the principal investigator of several research projects at the Institute of Design, including Global Companies in Local Markets, Design for the Base of the Pyramid, and Schools in the Digital Age. His work has received support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Steelcase Foundation and numerous corporations.

Whitney has been on the jury of many award programs, including the U.S. Presidential Design Awards. He was a member of the White House Council on Design. In 1978 he was program chairman for the first major meeting addressing design evaluation from the user’s perspective at the U.S. Conference of the International Council on Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA). Professor Whitney was president of the American Center for Design (ACD) and served as editor of Design Journal, its annual publication. He is on several advisory boards in the U.S. and abroad and is a trustee of the Global Heritage Fund.


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