Kunesh  Design
Jason Kunesh selfie at the Chicago Design System launch party.

Howdy!

I’m Jason, a computational designer from Chicago, USA.

I speak and facilitate to help people make products and services with community input.

Kunesh Design provides design coaching, speaking, and facilitation for education, environmental, health care, social, and financial institutions.

Mayor Lightfoot, First Lady Eshelman, Design Director Jason Kunesh, Designer Patric King, Executive Design Director Gabe Usadel, and Designer Steve surround a happy birthday Chicago cheesecake for the Design System launch.

I was the first Design Director of the City of Chicago, making the City work better for residents, visitors, and businesses by rebuilding service delivery with residents through 311, leading Chicago's digital response through COVID-19, and creating the Public Mark, the once in a century new identity for Chicago and its people.

Jason Kunesh and Dan Ratner found Public Good Software an early social enterprise software startup in Chicago's Harold Washington Public Library.

Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

I am the former CEO and Board Chair of Public Good Software, one of (if not the very first) social enterprise software startups in Chicago. We began Public Good in the Chicago Public Library as part of a first of its kind program, called Geeks in Residence.

Jason Kunesh with President Barack Obama demonstrating Dashboard, the campaign's organizing tool.

Prior to that, I was the first Director of User Experience & Product on a presidential campaign at Obama for America.

Before that I founded and led Fuzzy Math, a user experience design shop in Chicago, after leaving ThePoint.com, one of the first collective action platforms. It grew up to be Groupon. I was an early team member at Orbitz, one of the first travel websites, where we pioneered business travel online. I kicked around Web 1.0 & 2.0 as a consultant, and have had stints in academia as an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I've played Metro's main stage a couple times as well as assorted dive bars around the greater Midwest. I was a bouncer at the Green Mill, so settle down, please. You'll have a better time if you don't make A scene, but make THE scene, y'know?

I am an advisor to Greenhouse: the Center of Social Innovation.

Speaking

Chicago Graphic Design Club
Config
SF Design Week
Adobe Creative Jam
South by Southwest (SXSW)
W3C Web at 25
JP Morgan Chase
Mobile Summit
Tech Talks at Google

All events

Teaching

Adjunct Instructor - School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Adjunct Professor - De Paul University
Adjunct Professor - Northwestern University

Press

I am good at explaining the implications of technology-driven innovation for our culture. It comes with being a human-centered designer, I suppose.

Fast Company
WIRED
Chicago Tribune
Motherboard
Atlantic
Rolling Stone
Roll Call
Mashable
Forbes

All stories

Awards

I've worked with amazing organizations from A to Z. Sometimes, our efforts have been recognized with an award.

It's humbling to have your work celebrated. Here are a few I celebrate, too.

Cannes: The One Show 2021
Interaction Design Association
Webby Awards
eHealthcare Awards
Business Traveler
USA Today

All awards

Jason Kunesh wears Public Mark of Chicago shoes at the launch event for the Chicago Design System.
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