"Creative Process as Seen Through Creative Language"

Who: Jon Wettersten, IDEO

When: October 27, 2009

In this lecture, Wettersten examines communication across the languages of art, mathematics, programming, and music and the implications for the creative process. Wettersten’s topic of discussion centers on the idea that languages used during the creative and design process have themselves also been designed.

Wettersten’s multi-disciplinary background includes major concentrations in mathematics, classical music and fine art—his current occupation finds him in a Senior Application Designer role at IDEO in Chicago.

Speaker Bio

An application developer and design strategist who helps lead IDEO Chicago’s digital experience efforts, Jon Wettersten encourages project teams to push the limits of technological feasibility and supports IDEO’s more strategic projects through their later-stage development processes. Since joining the company in 2007, he’s worked on projects spanning financial services, telecommunications, health, and web and mobile application development.

Jon comes to IDEO with over 10 years of experience in the design and development of user-centered software applications and web-related server-based technologies for a wide range of clients and industries including financial services, retail, publishing, education, and not-for-profits. Immediately prior to IDEO, Jon served as a managing technology partner for a research, design, and development firm where his duties included providing appropriate technology strategies and collaborating with research and design teams on rapid prototyping, among other responsibilities. He holds a BA degree with a concentration in Fine Art from St. Olaf College with continued education in computer science at Northwestern University. A classically trained violinist and avid cyclist, Jon also enjoys sewing, playing tennis, figure painting, and volunteering in his community.