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.

June 3, 2015

Under The Influence

IDEO Singapore recently held their latest edition of Inspiration Night, a quarterly storytelling event for the broader Singapore community. The ‘Under The Influence’ theme created a reflective space to talk about the events and people who influence craft and career, and taken literally, conjures up a sense of darkness and insanity. To create the most fitting poster for the occasion, George Joseph and Zubin Pastakia  drew from their own childhood inspirations and curiosities as well as those from their fellow colleagues, which included Nintendo, giant squid, A Clockwork Orange, magic tricks, and Frank Miller’s Sin City.

June 1, 2015

PA Day

The Palo Alto studio celebrated their second annual PA Day in super luau style last week. Breakfast time included spam, rice and eggs, and there was an epic content share at lunchtime… over a pig roast, of course. No IDEO party would be complete without a little Karaoke, and the PA crew truly brought their A game.

April 27, 2015

Fromage Frenzy

Glen Privot Krivochta treated the OI Engine studio to an evening of wine and cheese, with a delectable spread from Savoy, France. Glen got into full character, using fancy hand gestures and encouraging the group to pronounce each variety with the proper accent.

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!