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Adam Kallish of Trope Collaborative has dedicated his professional career to systems design using design thinking, agile, lean and other frameworks to increase the velocity and focus of user-centered solutions. As Principal of Trope Collaborative, his focus is on transformation, design research, facilitation, and coaching of teams. He has dedicated his early professional career to graphic, identity, brand, signage, and wayfinding design. He then embraced digital technology and the development of the functioning public internet becoming a leader of user experience groups within corporate and consulting companies that demand collaboration between business consulting, engineering and product development linking vision to requirements to results.


Until recently, he was Associate Partner of Infosys Strategic Design Consulting which actively co-creates with global clients to renew existing landscapes using automation, data science and artificial intelligence. It is also involved with launching new kinds of services leveraging innovation by bringing physical and digital together through systems that deliver value, impact and competitive advantage. It's goal is to achieve "zero distance" to the end user, to the underlying technology and to the value around desirability, feasibility and viability.


At IBM as Design Principal with IBM Systems he collaborated with engineers, designers, marketing, and support to shape 21st century infrastructure and how it can help markets achieve their business goals. He also drove IBM Design Thinking and Agile to project teams for iconic outcomes and led a small design team to focus on the future of software support and quantum computing.


At Tanagram Partners as Delivery Director he focused on designing human computer interactions with products you use at home, at the office, or mobile. This included web and software applications ranging from interfaces for a single interaction to complex digital ecologies. Clients included DARPA, Riddell Sports, Geomentum, Ricoh USA, and University of Chicago Press.


At ZEFER Corporation as Director of Innovation (Midwest Region) he led rapid acceleration workshops to define new opportunities for digital technology and increased performance. He collaborated with a board of advisors such as Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School and worked with office delivery teams on diverse projects for Harvard, AJ Heinz and many startups that imploded due to the crash in the early 2000s.


At USWebCKS (marchFIRST) as Associate Partner, he built the Chicago office's user experience capability where he facilitated the integration of design, business processes, research, and technology. He was involved with Televisa, Simon Property Group, Wells Fargo/Norwest, Allied Van Lines and Walgreens.


At Andersen Worldwide as Design Director, he transformed a graphic services group into a progressive design organization servicing Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting as well as client such as McDonalds, GTE, and New Brunswick Telephone.


Adam actively lectures and publishes on transformation, design thinking  and technology. His interest areas : design leadership, co-creation & change management, edge and mesh computing in relation to IoT, emerging technology impact on user experience models, and rapid prototyping.


He has also been involved with design education. He has held teaching positions at University of Illinois at Chicago, National Institute of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northern Illinois University and The Institute of Design and served on the board of the School of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.


He has lectured at Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta), National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), Swire Polytechnic (Hong Kong) and has attended over 40 conferences. Published works have appeared in the Design Management Journal, inForm (AIGA), and MIT Design Issues. He has had past associations with the American Institute of Graphic Arts, The American Center for Design, The Design Management Institute and The Institute for the Future.


Adam received his BA in Visual Communications from University of Illinois at Chicago; MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design; and a Fulbright to India.

Adam Kallish