Champaign-Urbana Design Organization

CUDO was founded in early 2009 by a group of local designers who were eager to meet others who shared their passion for design. While CUDO started as a professional organization for graphic designers, it has since evolved to be a far more inclusive organization for everyone who loves design, whether you are a professional, student, or avid fan (aka design nerd).

Since its inception, CUDO has held events that range from socials to gallery shows to the popular PechaKucha Night C-U, which highlights inspiringly creative local stories in a unique fashion. We have also held workshops, movie screenings, and have run a highly popular (and free!) job board that has connected local designers with the community. Fundamentally, we’re a collection of people from all walks of life who love design and want to meet and hang out with other kindred design-loving spirits.

Justin Klett is an experienced graphic designer, creative, and recovering theater kid. He is the President of CUDO and has been with the organization since 2018. He works as a graphic designer with the University of Illinois Extension, in addition to other freelance design work and personal side projects. In his free time, he indulges in long-running hobbies such as Dungeons & Dragons, comics, and mixology.

Tim Kuehlhorn is Development Director of CUDO, the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. As part of CUDO, Tim has been involved in organizing PechaKucha Night CU, the CUDO Plays Board Game Design Competition, and other programs that sit at the intersection of art, design, and technology. Tim was also co-founder and CTO of Agrible, a startup focused on predictive analytics and sustainability tracking for the agriculture industry. In that role he was responsible for technical design and architecture of the web platform, mobile apps, and the scientific data platform as well as building high performing and happy technical teams.