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An Incomplete, Over-Generalized Nano-History of Design and Business


  • Patrick Whitney

    1. Dean and the Robert C Pew Professor of the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He publishes and lectures throughout the world about design and business strategy. He has advised BP, Lenovo, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, and the governments of Denmark, Hong Kong, and India about methods linking design and competitiveness. Whitney's research about digital media and learning is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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  • BusinessWeek featured Whitney as a design visionary for bringing together design and business. Forbes named him one of six members of their ‘E-Gang’ of Internet pioneers for his work in human-centered design. And Fast Company named him a master of design for linking the creation of user value and economic value.

  • He is a trustee of the Global Heritage Fund and was jury chairman for the 2011 Smithsonian National Design Awards.


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