Life at Ideo

In the heart of Silicon Valley, a young designer named David Kelley once wrote a letter to a friend that included these words: "I want to start a company with all my best friends as employees." Built on this foundation of friendship and entrepreneurial verve, IDEO today is made up of over 550 individuals in offices around the world. Together, we navigate each day with curiosity, optimism, and a sense of humor. We are makers, designers, hackers, builders, thinkers, explorers, writers, listeners, risk-takers, and doers—and we love what we do.

March 31, 2014

In good spirits.

Boston’s David Goligorsky spent two weeks in the IDEO Chicago studio. His parting gift to the windy city? Hand-sewn spirit flags, one for each Chicago IDEOer.

March 17, 2014

Gone GIF-ing.

When four new hires (a writer, a business designer, a creative coder, and an interaction designer) are challenged with sharing what it’s like to work in the IDEO Boston studio, they turn to a green screen as the backdrop for their natural talents and GIF madness ensues. Enjoy this little nugget from our lively crew at 408 Massachusetts Avenue.

February 10, 2014

Float your boat.

During a visit from San Francisco’s Oru Kayak, the Munich studio was treated to a demo of how the company’s origami inspired kayak goes from compact box to beautiful twelve foot boat almost magically.

February 3, 2014

And the winner is…

It’s award season, and we want in. Our London studio hosted a portfolio review of all our 2013 work along with a ceremony dubbed The Yardies (after our White Bear Yard address), featuring accolades and hand-made awards such as Zen Master and Pivotal Insight.

January 30, 2014

What’s our Wearable Strategy?

IDEO Chicago crafted their own most-wanted wearables, with one team (David Berthy, Jin Ko, and Elaine Fong) donning golden-delicious footwear and another (Zach Hobbs and Joe Graceffa) crafting a bazillion beautious soccer scarves, thanks to a design boost from some of the studio’s comm designers.