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Shapeshifters: From _____ to Design

July 14, 2021
12:00-1:00pm CST
Discover the stories of several IIT Institute of Design alumni, all who entered ID as nondesigners.

Design benefits from a diversity of backgrounds and worldviews. Through its degree programs and Foundation sequence, IIT Institute of Design (ID) prepares students from varying professional backgrounds—from engineers to economists, anthropologists to theologists. In a Zoom conversation moderated by current ID student Roxanne Hoffman (MDes + MBA 2022), ID alumni discuss how they transitioned into design from previous areas and what doing so has meant for their lives and careers.


About exploreID

What do we mean when we say ‘design’? Through exploreID, students, community members, partners, and the curious public explore design at IIT Institute of Design (ID) through different lenses and projects, and alumni are invited to reconnect.

About IIT Institute of Design (ID)

IIT Institute of Design (ID) builds responsible, cooperative, intelligent futures. Founded by László Moholy-Nagy as The New Bauhaus in 1937, ID is known for pioneering human-centered design and systems design. Today ID is home to the only US design school devoted completely to graduate students. But ID is more than a graduate school. ID is an international community of learners and practitioners who are addressing the biggest issues of our time by eliciting a power unique to humans: creativity. Learn more about ID at