Ron Bronson

Public interest design director, skeeball champ & (occasional) tennis coach

Ron Bronson is a design leader & practitioner. He currently works as Director of Design at 18F, a development & design consultancy inside the federal government. He’s worked on projects with Centers of Medicare & Medicaid, Department of Defense, and others. Prior to joining 18F in 2017, he spent over a decade leading large-scale digital initiatives for public & private sector entities around the country.

Since 2007, he’s been on stage at events around the world including Service Design Network, Code for America summit, An Event Apart, DrupalCon & Confab. He’s given talks at events far and wide including design & tech events in South Africa, Canada, and Norway. Ron’s talks focus primarily on service design, friction, so-called ‘dark’ patterns, and the responibility of designers.

Ron was previously a Portland Historic Landmarks Commissioner, founding director of Indianapolis Design Week, on the board of the Indianapolis chapter of AIGA, and a board member and volunteer radio news anchor at WFHB-FM, a community radio station in Bloomington, Indiana, and served in the U.S. Air Force.

Outside of work, he’s a world-class skeball player, (accidentally) invented a sport in 2004, and coaches high school tennis in his spare time. Ron is also (probably) America’s foremost authority on the Finnish sport of Pesäpallo.