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Todd Linkner

Todd is a designer and educator with expertise in design research, information design, graphic design, and user experience design. He creates visual narratives and human interfaces for a wide range of mobile, desktop, and web-based platforms. He’s interested in design as a generative process for learning and imagining futures that realize a just, equitable, and healthy society.

Todd has worked for a variety of successful startup companies, national-scale design agencies, and nonprofits. Before coming to Northeastern, Todd ran an independent digital product design studio, TLDA. The studio collaborated with clients ranging from best-selling cookbook author Mark Bittman to internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind.

Todd holds an MFA in Information Design and Visualization from Northeastern University and a BFA with a dual concentration in graphic design and printmaking from the University of Michigan.

Past Clients

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • MASS Design Group
  • metaLAB @ Harvard
  • MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium
  • National Institute for Children’s Health Quality
  • Partners in Health
  • Silent Spring Institute
  • Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • The Jackson Laboratory
  • Xerox


Art + Design


  • M.F.A., Information Design and Visualization, Northeastern University
  • B.F.A., Graphic Design and Printmaking, University of Michigan


  • Neurath Award for Outstanding Design Inquiry for the thesis Breathing Injustice 2020
  • Northeastern Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Grant 2020
  • Apple Best Apps of 2014 for Joy of Cooking iOS app
  • Apple Best Apps of 2013 for How to Cook Everything Kitchen Companion iOS app

Courses Taught

  • ARTG 1250. Design Process Context and Systems
  • ARTG 2242. Information Design Principles
  • ARTG 2251. Type Tools
  • ARTG 3350. Typography 2
  • ARTG 3451. Information Design 1
  • ARTG 3462. Experience Design 1
  • ARTG 6330. Information Design Mapping Strategies
  • ARTG 5000. Topics in Design: Paper Mechanics and Package Design
  • ARTG 4551. Design Degree Project 2
  • ARTG 6100. Information Design Studio 2: Dynamic Mapping and Models