Adam is principal of Trope Collaborative, a Chicago-area design consultancy.
He has held design leadership positions in design, consulting and corporate contexts. Until recently he was Associate Partner at Infosys Strategic Design Consulting area which collaborates with enterprises to re-envision all aspects of their business and business value. At IBM he was Design Principal with IBM Systems collaborating with engineers, designers, marketing, and support to shape 21st-century infrastructure and how it can help markets achieve their business goals. He was also design director at Andersen Worldwide.
He has dedicated his earlier professional 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, engineering and product development linking vision to requirements to results. Transformation and how physical and digital contexts work together to deliver value to markets is core to his consulting efforts.
He has held teaching positions at North Carolina State University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northern Illinois University and was on the board for the School of Foundation Studies at SCAD. He has been published in Design Issues from MIT Press. He mentors at 1871 on early-stage startups and Catapult with more mature companies moving into series a and b funding.
His interest areas: design leadership around transformation, digitalization and services, emerging technology impact on user experience models, teams and collaboration, edge and mesh, AR/VR, and edge and mesh computing in relation to IoT.
Adam received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a Fulbright to the National Institute of Design in India.