Founder & Chief Design Officer
Dan Kraemer is a Founder, business leader, counselor to the C-Suite, and
international speaker who is leading a convergence of design and business
strategy as the winning approach to corporate innovation.
As both an award-winning
designer and classically trained business executive, Dan’s unique background
enables him to combine a generative design lens with analytical business
strategy to help organizations envision possible futures, advance corporate
strategy, and successfully launch new ventures.
-Where to play: Anticipating future demand and
market forces to form a pipeline of opportunities
Dan has coalesced this hybrid design and business approach into the Four
Decisions of Growth™ framework, which he leverages to solve complex problems in
both public and private sectors:
-How to win: Setting bold vision and
aligning leadership to advance organizational capabilities
-What to build: Designing breakthrough
experiences, operations and business models ventures
In 2000, Dan co-founded IA Collaborative, the global design and innovation
consultancy with offices in Chicago and LA. He developed the company’s 7
Elements of Design Innovation™ process which has consistently driven profitable
growth for IA’s Global 500 clients.
As an international speaker and business educator, Dan draws from a range of
firsthand experiences with companies such as Nike, Airbnb, FedEx, Audi, Lilly
and Samsung. Recent keynotes include: Design Thinking Conference, World Forum
Disrupt, Nokia Human Factors Global Summit, IDSA International Design
Conference, and World Usability Day.
Dan is an award-winning designer whose work has been recognized by the 2019 Fast
Company Innovation By Design Awards, the SXSW Business Design Awards, the
International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) - Gold and Silver for digital and
product innovation; the Red Dot International Design Awards, the GOOD Design
Awards, and the ROI of Human-Centered Design Award at the 2019 Design Thinking
Dan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of
Management at Northwestern University.