I'm a pragmatic aesthete

Kelly Bjork
Partner & Managing Director, Chicago
i Joined IDEO in
What you won’t learn from my bio
I’m not kerning, tracking, or removing widows and orphans—#typographyjokes—you can find me on the tennis court, doing my best Serena Williams impression, or exploring the great outdoors or other cultures.
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With more than two decades of experience in brand and communication design, I bring a deep understanding of brand strategy, identity, expression, user experience, and communications to my work. As a pragmatic aesthete, I combine creativity with problem-solving, mentoring, and leading multi-disciplinary teams to create human-centered designs.

Throughout my career, I have played a key role in shaping, strengthening, and transforming some of the world's leading brands across a range of industries, including tech, CPG, health, food, and financial services. I have worked with small businesses, cultural institutions, and Fortune 100 corporations, using my broad set of design skills to develop brands and consumer experiences that resonate with audiences.

I help companies articulate their purpose, vision, and values through strategic development and organizational transformation, and I thrive solving complex problems and mentoring teams through the creative process.

In addition to my work at IDEO, I have served on the boards of AIGA Chicago and AIGA Minnesota. My award-winning work has been recognized by The One Show, AIGA 365, Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, Rebrand 100, and was featured in Rick Valicenti's CHGO DSGN exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Some of my work

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