Any expedition begins with an invitation.

It's the entrance, the opportunity to step across the threshold into something new that sets the stage for everything to follow.

In the design work I do, I want to provide that invitation and the pathway of experiences that can help you shape a new story for your organization.

Changing how organizations function is a challenge.  Ultimately, the invitation, and the process that follows, should enable compelling shifts that lead to the creation of a new organizational mindset.

In the engagements I design, I seek to support you in creating deep organizational change by helping you create those shifts.  That takes time and effort of course, and is predicated on an inclusive process that supports and engages, pushes when necessary, and challenges people to think and act beyond the constraints of their current conditions and culture.  Creating a new organizational mindset means creating a new lens and worldview that is broader and sees differently, crafting a language capable of supporting that capacity, and growing a membership that possesses the skills and dispositions that support an ever-evolving capacity to grow and improve in a world that absolutely demands it.  

How we write that story together is what I am interested in.   How we create the conditions for making a difference is the challenge. How we do this together is the opportunity ahead.


Presentation Services:  In addition to design services, I do keynotes, spotlights, workshops and breakout sessions for conferences, schools and school district events. 

Learning Spaces Professional Development Series, Cedarburg School District, Cedarburg, WI. (ongoing).

Understanding the Shifting Landscape of Education, Professional Development Webinar Series, Fomcore Furniture, Muskegon, MI. (ongoing)

Download my presentation services portfolio for more information.

Photo: David leading a Salon Dinner in Glencoe, IL and a learning spaces presentation at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL.


Next: I’ll be in Cedar Falls, Iowa working with the Cedar Falls School District and INVISION Architecture on programming for their new high school.

Then:  I’ll be attending the EdSpaces Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. See you there!

NEW: Design Thinking Workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam with Kevin Jarrett, design workshops with Wiscnet in Madison, WI, and the launch of Discovery events for strategic plan visioning for the Racine Public Library.


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Featured Resource: DJD Design Porfolio

David Jakes Designs LLC has worked with a number of clients to provide concept designs for their spaces. This work focuses principally on classroom and library design. In this part of the website, four projects are presented, complete with visual representations of the space designs. This work has been done in partnership with Jason Meyering Architecture of Chicago, Illinois.



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“This past year, I’ve traveled the globe, presented to thousands of educational leaders, and hosted over 57 schools/organizations to our school, and one topic of discussion always comes up, “David Jakes!” There are an abundance of educational consultants that claim to enhance school organizations, and then there is David Jakes, who actually does. If you’re ready to create an experience unlike any other for your students, staff, and school community, then David Jakes is your champion to make that experience a reality.”
— Glenn Robbins, Superintendent, Tabernacle Township Schools, Tabernacle, NJ #thenacle