A Short Autobiography

Jake Kahana is an award-winning designer and entrepreneur who uses storytelling, art, and technology to instigate positive social change and build stronger businesses.

With over 10 years of experience, his recent projects include BettVR with Age a virtual reality film series created for senior citizens, teaching a course in branding at Parsons, leading a design thinking workshop at HyperIsland, and Caveday a productivity company redefining our relationship to work through products and events. Jake believes design and storytelling are powerful tools that can be used to help influence people's minds and should be used consciously, for Good.

His projects have appeared in the Reddit top 10, The New York Times, WIRED, and FastCo, among others.

Today, he is proud to showcase his work in both the permanent collection at MoMA in NYC and on his parents' refrigerator.

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The Crisis of Purpose- Why it feels like everyone else has their shit together but you
Let's Wait Until the Next One - The aftermath of the Orlando shooting.
Looking for Change in 2016 - Lists and creating impact through documentation


The Cost of Superbowl Advertising
Pack Your Own Parachute - Career planning before you're ready

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I teach creative process, design, and branding classes at the college and graduate level.
I also speak and lead workshops for conferences and companies in design thinking.


  • 72andSunny, 72U
  • HyperIsland, NYC
  • Likeminds Conference, Fishkill, NY
  • NYU, Interacitve Telecommunications Program
  • Princeton University - School of Communications
  • SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
  • SOHO House NY - The Business of Impact
  • United Nations, Media for Social Impact Summit
  • University of Alabama, School of Advertising
  • University of Oregon, School of Journalism
  • University of Southern California, School of Art & Design


  • City College of New York - Multimedia Idea Generation
  • Miami Ad School - Portfolio Development
  • Parsons School of Design - Branding
  • OTIS College of Art and Design - Idea Bootcamp.

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