Omnichannel Speaker

Josh Silverman

Josh Silverman

Chair, MDes IxD Program

For 25 years, Josh Silverman has created successful relationships through design. He speaks and hosts workshops globally, teaches and critiques nationally, and is always connecting people and communities.

He is currently Chair of the Master of Interaction Design Program at California College of the Arts. He also consults in design operations, with clients such as NYU, Cloudflare, and Blend, coaches design leaders, and advises founders. Previously, he advised startups inside Sequoia Design Lab, served as Twitter’s first hire in design operations, and was one of the founding designers of the IBM Cloud Garage.

In 1997 he founded Schwadesign, a lean, holacratic-model design studio, where he managed diverse teams and scaled the business for 18 years. Together, their work was recognized by The Wall Street Journal,, The Boston Globe, and more. His wide range of clients have included startups (iRobot, Buildium, Trinity Pharma), educational institutions (MIT, Harvard Medical School, Brown University), global corporations (UBS, Wells Fargo, Accenture), cities (Providence, RI; Cambridge, MA; Bethesda, MD), non-profits (American Heart Association, Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Justice Resource Institute), and many more.

Josh is preternaturally curious about patterns in decision making and the shapes of teams. On the daily, he is driven by great pairings, trusting relationships, harmonious intersectionality, and long bike rides.

Past sessions