Kunesh  Design

The Works


Regardless of your politics, the stories are real and the ideas are applicable to your teams, fast-moving or not. I’m still referencing this talk in conversations four years later. -- Brandon Schauer, Head of Adaptive Path at Capital One

Adobe Creative Jam Speaking at the first Config in 2020 just before COVID Speaking at HATCH 2013 Jason Kunesh pesenting at Webvisions NYC 2013

I've spoken at companies, universities, conferences and more.

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Representing the City of Chicago in Digital & Physical Spaces

Chicago Graphic Design Club 2021

The 'How' Matters: Design and Resilience

MetroLab Network Summit Panel 2020

Designing with the Public: How Figma Empowers Chicago Digital Services

Config 2020

The Dreaded I Word - Real Talk about Delivering Innovative Work

Digital Government Summit 2019

Design Thinking in Civic Service

SF Design Week 2019

Startup Coach

Higher Ground Labs Accelerator 2019

Tall Tales & Short Thoughts About Data-Driven Human Centered Design

Adobe Creative Jam 2019

Emcee & Facilitator

ThinkChicago 2019

A Small Team @ Civic Scale

Design for America Summit 2019

Chat with students

Northwestern University Medill Journalism School 2019

Impact @ Scale: More? Better?

Design for America Summit 2018 Leadership Symposium 2018

Borderless: Design for Public Services

Service Design Day 2018

Human-Centered Design in Government

Digital Government Summit 2018

Keynote Conversation with the City of Chicago's Danielle DuMerer, CIO, and Jason Kunesh, Design Director, moderated by Russ Unger

Chicago Camps 2018

Human Centered Design at the City of Chicago

NETT Day at Northeastern Illinois University 2018

Leveraging The Value Of UX Panel

UXD Chicago Meetup 2018

City of Chicago's First Design Director

Chi Hack Night 2018

Emcee & Facilitator

ThinkChicago 2018

What is a Future Design Cooperative?

Chicago Design Week 2017

Design Advisor

Designation 2017

Social Enterprise Real Talk from the Field

South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017

Design Chicanery at Obama for America

The American Association of Law Libraries 2016

Civic Networking - Evolving Approaches to Online Organizing

Institute for Leadership and Service Pathways to Purpose series 2016

How to be a Designer CEO at a Startup without Being a Jerk

Chicago Camps 2016

The Happiness Movement

World IA Day 2015

The Beacon Lounge: Do Good Dialogs

South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014

Future 2040 Panel

W3C Web at 25 2014


Prototype Camp 2014

Rules of Engagement - The New Face of Giving

JP Morgan Chase 2014

Design Chicanery at Obama for America

UX Week 2013

In the Loop: Jason Kunesh

IIT Institute of Design In The Loop Series 2013

Design Advisor

Starter League 2013

Digital Organizing at Obama for America with Dan Ryan & Jason Kunesh

Mobile Summit 2013

Design Chicanery at Obama for America

Tech Talks at Google 2013

Design Chicanery at Obama for America


Do Gooder lounge

South by Southwest (SXSW) 2013


IxDA Value of UX Panel at Groupon 2013

10 Lessons Learned from Obama for America

Refresh Chicago 2012

Jason Kunesh Talks About Designing for Humans Youth

1871 2013

Design Coach, Lightning Talk

HATCH 2013

Design Coach & Participant

UX for good 2013


Web Visions 2013

Design Facilitator

UX for Good 2012

Design Business Growth Happiness

The D Conference 2012

Levels of Design

UX for Good 2012

College of Digital Media Panel on Mobility

DePaul University’s College of Computing & Digital Media Corporate Technology Breakfast 2012

Design Context Clues

IA summit 2008

Rails + AJAX and Universal Design

Railsconf 2006

It Makes Sen$e - The User Research Practice in My Experience at Orbitz

World Usability Day 2005


My work has been featured in the Atlantic Monthly, BusinessWeek, the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, WIRED and others. I am good at explaining the impact of innovation on culture.

Contact hello@kunesh.design for press inquiries. press kit

Cannes Festival Awards Chicago With 15 Lions For Branding Work From 'by Chicago. For Chicago.' Partners

City of Chicago 2021

City Announces Launch Of New Chicago Design System On City’s 183rd Birthday

City of Chicago 2020

Chicago’s New Brand Identity Could Save The City $10 Million A Year

Fast Company 2020

Chicago’s New 311 System Is A Huge Win For Public Works

WIRED 2019

A Distributed Government By The People, For The People

CityLab 2019

Chicago Gets A New 311 App

WBEZ 2018

New 311 App Allows Chicagoans To Report Potholes, Rats Or Employer Wrongdoing Anonymously — And Track City Response

Block Club Chicago 2018

Why Chicago Added A Design Office To City Hall

GovTech 2018

How Some News Outlets Let Readers ‘take Action’ With A Click

WTTW 2018

Jason Kunesh Of Public Good On How Bands Are Just Like Startups


Running A Ui Design Critique

Smashing Magazine 2016

Tech Developer Talks Civic Good

the Valparaiso Torch 2016

Jason Kunesh, Public Good

Be like Peter 2016

8 Tenets Of Good Company Culture—does Yours Have Them?

Success 2015

5 Things I Wish I Knew As A First Time Ceo

5 in 60 2015

Public Good Offers Digital Backbone To '#ilgive' Campaign

Chicago Tribune 2015

Giving In The Digital World

WNET Metrofocus 2015

Jason Kunesh Of Public Good Software

WGN Radio 2014

Can A Like Button For Doing Good Create A More Caring Internet?

Motherboard 2014

Introducing Public Good Software–a New Way To Turn Articles Into Action

Chicago Reader 2014

We Are A Civic Tech City

Built in Chicago 2014

Obama Campaign Veterans Launch Hub For Charitable Giving

Chicago Tribune 2014

Jason Kunesh On Building A Community For The Public Good, Simplifying The Complex And Working For Obama

Podchaser 2014

Chicago Camps Podcast Interview

Chicago Camps 2014

Ex-obama Techies Hope To Do Well With Public Good

Crain's 2014

Dream Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of- Director Of User Experience For Obama For America Campaign

WIRED 2013

When The Nerds Go Marching In

Atlantic 2013

Public Good Software Lands 1 Million Seed Funding

Tech President 2013

Building Tech For Civic Life

Lumpen Times 2013

A Conversation With Jason Kunesh

Adaptive Path 2013

Inside Obama's Campaign

Rolling Stone 2013

The Billion-dollar Startup: Inside Obama’s Campaign Tech

Dice 2013

Obama’s Campaign Quick To Capitalize On Text-to-donate Option

Roll Call 2012

Quick Donate Transformed Political Fundraising In 2012

Mashable 2012

For Startups, Design Is The New Competitive Advantage

Forbes 2012

Microsoft Healthvault Manager

Mayo Clinic 2012

Various Web 1.0 & Entertainment Media.



I've worked with awesome organizations from A to Z including: 3M, American Airlines, the Chicago Field Museum, the Clinton Foundation, the Dali Lama Center, Edelman, Emory University, Fellowes Manufacturing, GE Healthcare, Giant Bike, The Grammy Foundation, IBM, Intel, Jabber, LeapFrog, Lockheed Martin, the Mayo Clinic, McDonald's, Microsoft, the NFL, NORC at the University of Chicago, New York Presbyterian Hospital, SAP Fieldglass, Simon Properties, Threadless, United Airlines, UX for Good, Walt Disney Corporation, and more.

Cannes Lions International Festival Award

Cannes: The One Show 2021 2021

100 Best Typographic Works 2021

Society of Typographic Arts 2020

Best New Startup - Catalytic

Moxie Awards 2017

People's Choice Award- Ux For Good New Orleans

Interaction Design Association 2013

Best In Category - Connecting, Obama For America Mobile Campaign

Interaction Design Association 2013

Breakout Of The Year - Obama For America Digital Campaign

Webby Awards 2012

New York Presbyterian Mynyp.org Hospital Patient System Leadership Award

eHealthcare Awards 2009

Mayo Clinic Health Manager Best Health/healthcare Content - Silver & Best Overall Internet Site - Distinction

eHealthcare Awards 2008

Orbitz For Business Named Industry’s Best In Ease Of Use

Business Traveler 2003-05

Orbitz For Business

Chicago Innovation Award 2004

Chicago Field Museum E-commerce Site Named Top 10 Museum Online Store

USA Today 2002