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Chief Design Officer (for a city vs a company)


The Chief Design Officer of a City is a new profession, bringing design skills into municipalities. Here is how Helsinki does it, opening up a scenario that opens up opportunities for designers

The Chief Design Officer is a relatively new profession and title.  There are so few of them in the world that they can be comfortably listed on one scroll of a Wikipedia page. While most CDOs work in large corporations, though, some offer their services within the Councils of Cities that clearly believe in design as a change agent. One of these cities is Helsinki, whose current Chief Design Officer Hanna Harris (the second person to hold this post since its creation in 2016) has explained to us what the job entails, what she looks for in the collaborators she…

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