The Department of Innovation & Technology’s Design Office was established in 2018 by Commissioner Danielle Dumerer, CTO Carleton Nolan, and Design Director Jason Kunesh under the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel .

We design City of Chicago digital products and services with Chicagoans. It’s our mission to listen, amplify, and design with the community to build better technology experiences for everyone.

We stand on the shoulders of giants like USDS, 18F, NYC’s Gov Lab and Service Design Studio, de Waag in Amsterdam, the Lab at OPM, the United Kingdom’s Digital Services team, and more.

As a new design team, we are lucky to have great examples of how design thinking and innovation work within government. It gives us the opportunity to learn from those who came before and partner with them to break new ground in civic tech.

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