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.

July 17, 2014

Hop Scotch.

How Palo Alto heads home after a day at the studio. Cal Train bar-hopping in glorious sun-dripped Hawaiian floral prints.

July 16, 2014

Just Dang It.

To celebrate the launch of London IDEOer Marty Brown’s EP with his band Dang, a large group of IDEOers will head to a very warm (sweaty) bar in Dalston to cheer them on. You can listen to a Dang track on IDEO’s own ‘Off the Record’ compilation.

July 10, 2014

Show n’ Tell.

IDEO San Francisco kicked off its monthly Thursday Happy Hour series. MC extraordinaire Jenn Maer led Belmer Negrillo, Misa Misono, and Ricardo Figueiroa in a casual and inspired conversation around the topic of prototyping, based on learnings from their recent projects. Clark Scheffy, Ina Xi, and Jacqui Watts (pictured) provided aural inspiration on the keys of an upright piano.

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July 2, 2014

Cuttin’ Loose.

We kicked off our “Totally Awesome ‘80s Dance Movies” Roof Deck Movie Night series at IDEO Chicago with a screening of “Footloose.” To entertain ourselves ‘til sundown, Jin Ko and Annette Ferrara hosted a “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Bacon Tasting Contest” and Leigh Cohen, Josh Sin, and Meredith Adams-Smart taught us some sweet ‘80s dance moves.

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June 26, 2014

Intro Doodling.

It’s no easy feat to introduce yourself in a room, much less virtually in front of 600+ new colleagues. Summer intern Nicole Zhu didn’t seem to sweat it, and we’re already charmed by her straight shooting personal style.

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