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.

April 13, 2015

Laser Lessons

The countdown is over! Lawrence Abrahamson was pleased to announce the arrival of the New York studio‘s newest hire, a shiny new laser cutter. It fits in perfectly, and New Yorkers dove into learning about the machine with Lasers 101, Practical Application of Lasers, and Showing Off With Lasers. Special thanks to ChIDEO laser master John Grimley for showing the ropes, and to Hadley Lord for taking such thorough notes.

April 13, 2015

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

Rookie Cookie, an opportunity for new hires to takeover San Francisco‘s weekly Tea Time, was refreshingly healthy this week. Hilary Braseth and Jim Legeman treated the studio to coconut chia seed pudding, which was served up with fresh fruit and chocolate chips. Mmm mmm good!

March 27, 2015

Make Space Madness

The Tokyo studio took IDEO value “Talk Less, Do More” to heart when they built their new make space in one day! The group is jazzed about their custom designed desks and shiny new 3D printer.

March 13, 2015

Sparky vs. Sharky

IDEO San Francisco‘s Team in Training Triathletes, Piper Loyd, Jimmy Chion, Coreen Callister, and Andrea Stangarone, hosted a shark-wrestling, silent auction fundraiser on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Shark riders donated $150 per ride for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii, and IDEOers Emily Eisenhart, Alicia Pompei, Gretchen Addi, Nastasha Tan, Katie Clark, and Jane Ha donated original artwork, products, and services sold in auction.

January 28, 2015

‘Call Your Girlfriend’ Dance Break

What’s Design Director Jenn Maer’s remedy for studio stagnation? An IDEO San Francisco studio email reading: “Stop what you’re doing and dance. Why? Because, Robyn.”