Jon Racek Studio

Jon Racek is an award-winning designer and faculty member at Indiana University. He directs the Comprehensive Design program and teaches undergraduate Design Thinking courses as well as other design studios.

Jon has given Design Thinking talks and led workshops to such organizations as GE Digital, Carlisle, Inc., Cook Group, National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He speaks regularly to audiences on design thinking, social entrepreneurship and innovation.

Jon has won several awards for his design work including design awards from the Los Angeles and Vermont American Institute of Architects. His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Milan and Dubai. Jon was named one of “40 under 40” in the AEC Industry by Building Design + Construction magazine. His work has appeared in over 40 domestic and international publications including The New York Times, Vogue and TIME Magazine. His client list includes W Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Time Warner, Neiman Marcus, and the Disney Corporation.

Jon is the founder of Play360, a nonprofit that trains organizations in the developing world to build their own learning resources, including playgrounds and classroom resources. He has led community design workshops in over 20 countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Laos, Cambodia and Guatemala. Jon also directs Printshop, a project to create a network of distributed manufacturing centers in Rwanda centered around 3d printing. This project has led to the design and fabrication of a series of 3d printed prosthetic arms for adolescents.

3D Printing Based Innovation Ecosystem Musanze, Rwanda & Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Non-profit that trains organizations to build their own learning resources (playgrounds, classroom resources).120+ playgrounds built to date in over 20 countries.
Nigeria - Play360 - Final Documentary - Eduplay.mp4
Video about a recent project in Nigeria.

Aardvark Subway Tunnel Cleaning System

Lago, NigeriaPrototype Design and presentation materials for a proposed tunnel cleaning system for city-wide implementation in Lagos, Nigeria.
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3D Printed Prosthetics

Musanze Rwanda, Bloomingtion IN

Hygge Cottage

Bloomington, IN


Public ArtBloomington, IN

Petal Chair

Laminated Plywood Chair

Genetic Algorithm

Evolution-driven design, 3d prints
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