Adam Fromme

Adam Fromme

Adam Fromme

Assistant Professor of Teaching

124C Hayes Hall
108 North Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Design Education
  • Visual Communications Design
  • Design for Public Life
  • Aging and Accessible Design
  • Environmental Graphic Design


  • M.F.A. in Design Research and Development, The Ohio State University (2018)
  • B.S.D. in Visual Communication Design, The Ohio State University (2006)

Adam Fromme is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University.

He has worked in the design industry for over 20 years. During that time he developed an expertise in Design for Public Life, looking at how environments and information are understood as approachable, intuitive, equitable, and valuable. He uses this perspective to support participation in community resources. His research addresses quality of life, healthy-supportive environments, access to health care, and providing basic needs.

Adam has been a faculty member at Ohio State since 2014. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Design Thinking, Design Research, and Visual Communication design. In addition to teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Design), he regularly lecturers in the College of Nursing (Master of Healthcare Innovation Program) and has guest lectured in the College of Medicine (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences). He is a contributing member of Ohio State's DESIS Lab.

Recent work has expanded his teaching beyond traditional students. In 2021 he co-developed the Innovation Experience Program. This 6-month program is for office teams seeking to incorporate creative problem-solving methods and tools in the workplace. The training program is currently used by Ohio State's Office of Advancement. Some of his writings about design for the workplace can be found on Medium.

He also contributes observations on graphic design, branding and accessibility as a periodic guest writer for Brand New, a leading source for reviews of corporate and brand identity work.

Adam is a board game design hobbyist and an active hiker who seeks adventures into the backcountry of America's National Park system.


Recent publications

Fromme, Adam. “Goldilocks and three other stories about Design Thinking—and how being creative can change how you do what you do.” Big Ten Development Conference. Columbus, OH. 8–10 August 2022.
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Fromme, A. “Student Mental Health and the Design Curriculum: Student-led Solutions for Creating a Culture of Care” Design Principles and Practices (DPP) Sixteenth International Conference: Back to Life: Seeking Vision and Purpose in Principles and Practice. Newcastle, Australia. 19–21 January 2022.

Proulx, S., Fromme, A. et al.. (2021) "Rethinking User Experience of Parking Garage. Exploring Innovative Suicide Prevention Strategies Through Motivational Design." Di Lucchio, L, & Imbesi, L. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Design Culture(s), 2020 Cumulus Conference. Rome: Sapienza University.

Fromme, A. and Valentine, E.. “Urban Housing Built for All, The Lasting Impact of Age-friendly Design Principles” 2019 Community Engagement Conference. Columbus, OH. 23–24 January 2019. 
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Fromme, A.. “The Four Pillars of Age-friendly Design” Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A) Annual Conference. Louisville, KY. 30 September–3 October 2018.

Bell, E.; Fromme, A.; and Matheny, R.. (2018). How to Make Collaborative Learning Environments Meaningful for University Students. Research funded by M+A Architecture.

Fromme, A.. (2018). Co-designing with Older Adults to Create an Age-friendly Evaluation Tool for Public Places. 
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Bell, E.; Bryan, M.; Eyink, K.; Fromme, A. and Matheney, R.. “Engage Place to Engage People” 7th Annual Innovate Conference: Forward. Columbus, Ohio. 11 May 2018. 
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Bell, E.; Fromme, A. and Matheny, R.. (2017). Three Approaches to Lighting for Senior Living. Research funded by M+A Architecture.

Fromme, A.. “How to Use Universal Principles to Support Older Adults in Public Places” Universal Design Summit 6–Inclusive Communities: Housing and Public Spaces. St. Louis, MO. 13–14 November 2017.

Fromme, A. and Chan, P.. “Driving Home Design Research: A Collaborative Design Case Study for Developing Positive Parking Experience on a University Campus” International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) Conference–re: research. Cincinnati, OH. 31 October–3 November 2017. 
Link to Paper

Fromme, A.. “Why Motivations Matter More than Measurements: How Design Thinking Can Inform Future Experiences for an Aging Population” 2017 Society for the Study of Human Biology (SSHB) joint meeting with the International Association of Physiological Anthropology (IAPA) Symposium: Human Biology of Climate Change. Loughborough, UK. 12–15 September 2017.

Fromme, A.. “Public Space Design for an Aging Society,” 2017 Optimal Aging Conference. Louisville, KY. 11–13 June 2017.

Fromme, A.; Alexander, G.; Allen, C.; Moore M.; Roth, B.; Willard, J.; Ardiyanto; and Shah, T.. (2017). How to Start a Conversation on Driving, Mobility, and Aging. (Self-published)
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Fromme, A. and Haase, J.. “Exploring the Next Urban Condition,” 12th European Academy of Design Conference–Design for Next. Rome, Italy. 12–14 April 2017. 
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Fromme, A.. “The Process of Exploring the Next Urban Condition,” Design Incubation–Colloquium 3.3. Kent, OH. 11 March 2017.
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