Tanner Woodford is co-founder, chairman, and executive director of the Chicago Design Museum, maker of Iterative Work, and lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Throughout his career, Tanner has worked as a product designer, community organizer, interaction designer, and developer. He has taught and lectured on design issues, history, and rapid ideation in professional and academic settings. He is irrepressibly optimistic, and believes design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition.

Email Tanner with speaking, press, and collaborative inquiries.

Some recent work that I'm proud of:

The Chicago Design Museum strengthens culture and builds community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences.

The Design Pack is an expansion for Cards Against Humanity that contains 30 fully-illustrated cards, with 100% of proceeds benefitting ChiDM.

Iterative Work is a flexible, open-source company that features a single product that is refined periodically. Volume One is available now.

To hear 31 stories from influencers, leaders, and fans—one a day for January—call the You Are Beautiful hotline at 1-888-YOU-ARE-2.

Art Paul Loves to Wonder is a site-specific, retrospective exhibition at the Black Box theater for the legendary artist, writer, and art director.

Design Issues at SAIC explores moments in which design has served as a catalyst for social change, while students work collaboratively with clients.

The Shape of Things to Come is a cautiously optimistic kinetic sculpture that is perpetually and slowly spinning at the Threadless headquarters.

Recently exhibited at Temple Contemporary, a Clock for Identity Designers documents my exposure to 1,035 brands on 14 October 2008.

The branding for Richard Hunt—Sixty Years of Sculpture encouraged visitors to experiment with abstract form while learning about the artist.

BauhausManifesto.com promotes readership of Walter Gropius' century-old manifesto about integration of the arts—an idea still essential today.


How strange it is to be anything at all.

Image: Claire Oberst

A photograph of flowers with Tanner in the background