IIT Institute of Design // Sr. Lecturer of Design
Tomoko is a Senior Lecturer of Design at IIT Institute of Design. With 20 years experience in communication simplification and information design, Tomoko's focus has been on creating visuals that clearly reflect the content structure to effectively communicate.
Her work experience in design field (Siegel Gale) and strategy consultancy (Doblin) have included serving such clients as Fidelity Investments, U.S. Trust, Dean Witter, Chubb Insurance, MacDonald's, Zurich Insurance and SAS. Additionally, she has been involved in academia since 1993.
Tomoko has been translating and converting signs all of her life, between three languages (Japanese, English and Spanish) and among multiple modes of representation (verbal/textual to visual). After receiving her B.A. in interpersonal and intercultural communication at International Christian University in Tokyo, she pursued her interest in the visual world that led her to IIT Institute of Design where she received her M.S. degree. Her interest has focused on the syntax and semantic aspects of the visual language, using appropriate sign systems to match information structure to visual structure. In particular, diagrams and, more recently, the emerging field of computer-generated data visualizations are her area of exploration.
Adjunct Professor at Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and Principal at McCullough Partners, LLC
Todd helps organizations achieve their growth goals through strategy and innovation. He has worked with over 100 of the Fortune 500 firms (and some smaller ones) helping them design strategies; align innovation with corporate strategy; design and implement breakthrough innovations; and build innovation capabilities and culture.
An entrepreneur early on, Todd was later the long-time managing director of one of the world's most respected innovation strategy firms (Doblin), and then a partner at a strategy consulting firm (Monitor Group). He now serves only a few select clients at a time, teaming with handpicked colleagues from his network of individuals and firms. Todd teaches at the Institute of Design at IIT that started the marriage of business and design for innovation, which now permeates advanced thinking about innovation.
Todd's background includes: Big 8 accounting; IT consulting; marketing channel consulting; change management consulting; coaching entrepreneurs and senior executives; being an entrepreneur; a CPA designation; a BBA from Harding University; and an MBA from Vanderbilt. Todd is still a basketball player (using the term somewhat loosely), and enjoys spending time with his wife Jana and their still school-aged children, Julianne and Andrew.