Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds, from anthropology to computer science to journalism. As alumni, they go on to apply the methods and frameworks they study in an equally wide range of fields and industries.

The experiences at ID expanded my worldview of what it is to be human.
—Jessica Lee (MDes 2018)

Several fellowships help fund ID degrees while honoring our alumni, including those named for Grace ColbySam Farber, Robert Skyer, and Charles Harrison.

Alumni careers

Our network of over 2,400 alumni spans the globe. This vibrant network is invaluable to current and future ID students.

Alumni work in a range of roles after ID. The most popular titles upon graduation include Design Researcher, Strategist, Innovation Consultant, and Service Designer. As they gain increasing experience, they become C-level executives, founders and co-founders—leading international design teams.
On average, our MDes graduates see a salary increase of 166 percent from their pre-ID levels.

Meet ID alumni

Akilah Halley, executive director at Marwen

ID helped me recognize that being human-centered is not just about products, but about relationships—how people relate to each other, their work, your organization, your space, you, and the world around them.