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A Message from the Dean

A Message from the Dean

ID reinvents itself every few decades. From our founding as The New Bauhaus to shaping the popular approach known today as design thinking, designers look to ID to understand what’s next in the field. In 2021, it is time for ID to once again chart new territory. 

So what sets us apart at ID today? 

We are taking design beyond designers. 

To make a substantial difference in the world on issues that really matter, we must unlock humanity’s full creative power. Mindset, method, and making must come together in the hands of both designers and nondesigners—that’s when we’ll begin to make real progress on our world’s intractable problems. 

To make the kinds of large-scale changes the world needs today, many organizations have begun leading with purpose. Working cooperatively, that is, with good intent. But as we all know, it’s not enough to have good intentions. At ID, we work to close the gap between the best of intentions and the reality we actually create.

Our graduate students get hands-on experience with this by working in practice—in industry and the civic sector—throughout their time at ID. By the time they graduate, they are experienced in applying what they’ve learned here and ready to make real change in the organizations they join and lead.  

Whether through a degree program or a research partnership, our new training academy or our new Action Lab, together we can build cooperative, intelligent, and responsible futures. 

Join us and make your best intentions real.

Denis Weil (MDes 2001)
Dean
IIT Institute of Design (ID)