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.

Contact speaking@kunesh.design at for speaking inquiries.

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

Keynote — 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 — BAYCHI, 2013

Do Gooder lounge — South by Southwest (SXSW), 2013

Participant — 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

Keynote — 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 2017

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. 1997


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