Jon Kolko

Jon Kolko

Jon is a Partner at Modernist Studio, and the Founder of Austin Center for Design. He was previously the Vice President of Design at Blackboard, the largest educational software company in the world. He joined Blackboard with the acquisition of MyEdu, a startup focused on helping students succeed in college and get jobs. Jon has also held the positions of Executive Director of Design Strategy at Thinktiv, a venture accelerator in Austin, Texas, and both Principal Designer and Associate Creative Director at frog design, a global innovation firm.

How I Teach: Treat curriculum design like a design problem

When I was 24, I was looking for a career change. I found a job at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)—a large art school in Savannah—teaching industrial design and interaction design. I got the job in June, and would start teaching in September. I had three months to prepare to teach four classes, and I was panic-stricken. I had no idea what to do. Read more…

The Experience Economy

Experience Economy

We’ve been taught to save. But what if we’re wrong? The Experience Economy is an exploration into the future of money: the behaviors of spending, saving, and playing that will shape the future of finance.

 
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