Design & Strategy


Ilyssa Kyu is a UX 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 good.

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.


Amble, Founder

Amble is a sabbatical program for creative professionals to take time away with purpose. Creatives work with nonprofits and conservancies in exchange for affordable housing in beautiful, unique destinations. We piloted the program in November 2018 in Yosemite National Park.

Campfire Stories, co-editor

My husband Dave Kyu and I created the book Campfire Stories, an anthology of tales, songs, ballads, legends, short stories and myths collected from the communities in and around 6 of America‚Äôs favorite National Parks. It was published by Mountaineers Books in 2018.