A human-centered researcher, designer and educator and self-professed people-nerd, Robert is fascinated with people and how they interact with objects, services, space and each other.
Robert has depth of experience in visual communication, innovation and design thinking. As an Associate Partner at gravitytank for 11 years, he lead projects, teams and workshops across a wide variety of industries — consumer goods, healthcare, and hospitality — successfully designing physical, digital, service and business strategies for Fortune 50 clients. As a member of the leadership team he was responsible for shaping a culture of critique and collaboration across the design, research and strategy disciplines.
Currently, Robert steers the Design Research Methods curriculum at the UIC School of Design and Innovation Center, teaching human-centered approaches and design-thinking methodologies to both graduate and undergraduate students. He strives to make ‘research + design’ a core part of the student-designer journey. His research focus is on understanding and defining the aesthetics of patient care delivery and their impact on improving patient outcomes. He was recently appointed Member at the Program for Healthcare Delivery Design, an incubator for care delivery science initiatives through the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System.
Prior to joining UIC, Robert taught visual communication in the MDes program at IIT’s Institute of Design where he received his MDes in Human-centered Communication Design. He lectures in visual communication and design thinking and facilitates workshops on prototyping, visual storytelling and ideation. Active in the Chicago design community, he has a passion for inspiring new designers to look more broadly at opportunities to apply their creativity to make an impact. When not teaching, researching or designing he can be found walking his two dogs around the West Town neighborhood of Chicago with his fiancé, also a designer.