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Aaron Kurth

Senior Design Researcher

Indiana

Aaron Kurth

Present
Conducting rigorous design research to understand authentic human needs. Synthesizing data to uncover insights, opportunities, and strategies. Applying research, insight, and experience to develop viable, desirable, and feasible opportunities for mutually beneficial customer-business outcomes.

Past

  • Charter Communications, Senior UX Researcher
  • Fannie Mae, Senior Design Strategist
  • LiquidHub, Design Researcher
  • Milestone AV Technologies, Design Engineer
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Integrated Innovation
  • University of St. Thomas, Medical Device Development Certificate
  • University of Wisconsin – Stout, BFA Industrial Design
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, BS Biological Systems Engineering

Passion

  • Learning about new methods, techniques or ideas
  • Learning about new technology to improve our world
  • Applying design research to new/unconventional areas
  • Using human-centered design techniques to improve society
  • Teaching the human-centered design/design thinking/service design to others
  • Conducting/participating in workshops/hackathons (e.g. Global Service Jam, Indy Design Week)
  • Organizing events to share knowledge (IDSA Design Research Section Chair)

Play
Here are a few eccentric things I enjoy:

  • Exploring on or near streams, lakes, or rivers
  • Rock Skipping
  • Innovative Nachos (ask me about my Wisconsin Nachos)
  • Baking Canelés
  • Escaping in mind-bending or world-building movies
  • Any sort of quiz show, trivia, word game, or strategy game

What is your first memory of design thinking?
When I was a child, I was fascinated with sketching tennis shoes. I filled sketchbooks with riffs on athletic shoes, cushioning technology, and strap designs. I imagined how someone would feel in the shoes and how I could help make the shoes stronger, lighter, and ultimately perform better for the wearer. I ambitiously sent my sketches to a large shoe company and offered my designs for a small fee but was flatly rejected.

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