Adam Kallish is an Adjunct Faculty member at IIT Institute of Design (ID). Since 2018, he has taught a course on agile culture, which is concerned with clarity of purpose, and how all work directly supports the overall value delivered to markets and customers. This course balances an understanding of the key principles, values, behaviors, and practices of agile culture while applying them. Adam received a bachelor of arts degree in communications design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master's degree in fine arts in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He was in the Fulbright program at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India.

Adam is interested in how media affects the teaching of design and how the educational/private sector environment affects design methodologies in the studio environment. His continual goal is to merge theoretical and pragmatic points of view into a more dynamic and fruitful relationship. His interests include positioning design throughout an organization as a strategic capability, managing complexity through systems design using design thinking and agile methods to reimagine product/service capabilities, and exploring transformation and how physical and digital contexts work together to deliver value to markets. Specifically, Adam’s areas of interest include digitalization and services, emerging technology impact on user experience models, teams and collaboration, augmented reality/virtual reality, and edge and mesh computing in relation to the Internet of Things (IoT). He constantly searches for links between the disciplines of design and the social and natural sciences.

Industry Experience

Adam has held leadership positions in design, consulting, and corporate contexts. As Principal at Daggerwing Group, he collaborates with organizations on change and transformation initiatives by addressing human factor gaps in corporate culture. In addition, Adam is Principal of Trope Collaborative, a Chicago-area design consultancy. He dedicated his earlier career to graphic, publishing, identity, brand, signage, and wayfinding design; he then became involved with leading user experience groups within corporate and consulting companies that demand collaboration between business consulting and engineering and product development, linking vision to requirements to results. He has served as Associate Partner at Infosys Strategic Design Consulting (2018), which collaborates with enterprises to reenvision all aspects of their business and business value. At IBM (2012–17) he was Design Principal with IBM Systems, collaborating with engineers, designers, and marketing and support staff to shape twenty-first-century infrastructure and how it can help markets achieve their business goals. He was also Design Director at Andersen Worldwide (1994–97), Associate Partner at marchFIRST (1999–2000), Director of Innovation Development, Midwest Region, at ZEFER Corporation (2000), and Delivery Director at Tanagram Partners (1997–98 and 2008–10), all in Chicago.

Before teaching at ID in 2018, Adam held teaching positions at North Carolina State University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northern Illinois University. He has been published in Design Issues and mentors at 1871 on early-stage startups and at Catapult with more mature companies moving into Series A and B funding.

Select Work

Kallish, Adam. 2019. Book review: Design and the Creation of Value. Design Issues (Summer).

Kallish, Adam. 2018. Book review: Make It New: A History of Silicon Valley Design. Design Issues (Spring).

Siegesmund, Richard, and Adam Kallish. 2010. “What Is an Inquiry-based Art+Design Foundation?” FutureForward 1, no. 2: 8–9.

Johnson, B.R. , J. Cohn, and Adam Kallish. 2009. “Improving Decision-making Through Intelligent Augmented Reality.” Paper presented at the 62nd Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group, Key West, Florida.

Kallish, Adam. 2007. “Feeding the Lion: One Internal Design Group’s Odyssey.” Design Issues 23, no. 3 (Summer): 16–29.