Design & Strategy


Ilyssa Kyu is a design researcher, strategist and facilitator in Philadelphia.

With a background in industrial design and human-centered design, Ilyssa helps individuals and organizations further their impact in the world by finding opportunities and clarity in the chaos, while finding unconventional, creative ways of solving problems.

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Design for social impact.

I work with mission focused individuals and organizations to mine their collective stories, find their voice, connect with each other and their work, and elevate the meaningful work they do through: web, research and strategy engagements, branding, and workshops & retreats.

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Let's Work Together!

Currently available for the following engagements:


Research & Strategy

Whether you're looking to gather insights; develop or improve a business, program, product, digital experience or strategic plan; or brainstorm your next big idea—I'd love to help:

  • Define challenges and identify goals & opportunities
  • Capture key insights through stakeholder interviews, workshops, surveying and other methods
  • Engage your team, users, and stakeholders in a collaborative and inclusive co-design process
  • Develop meaningful and impactful strategies to help achieve your goals


workshop & Retreat Facilitation

Perhaps you are looking to work through a specific challenge, generate ideas or deepen your connection with your team. I can work with you on thoughtfully designing and facilitating a collaborative and participatory workshop or retreat, tailored specifically for you and your organization.

Ux design

User research, content strategy, information architecture, usability testing, wire-framing, prototyping—you name it, I can help! You may be looking to design a new digital experience on web or mobile, or refresh an existing one. Through stakeholder interviews, workshops, an audit of your existing web presence, and analytics—I will deliver meaningful and impactful research-based strategies to achieve your goals, support your mission, and solve some of your biggest challenges.

Have a project in mind? Want to collaborate? I can't wait to hear about it!