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.

August 21, 2014

All That Glitters.

IDEO Singapore headed out to the National Museum to celebrate Singapore’s 49 years of Independence in full fledge national colors. Business Designer, Amy Bonsall, left a signature of IDEO presence on the museum wall for all to see.

August 21, 2014

Intern Design Challenge

Some years ago, IDEO produced a design exploration of the light switch and the results were exhibited in MoMA. Now, 20 years later, our interns have taken on the same challenge. In between project work, off-sites, leadership-hosted breakfasts and happy hours, the San Francisco and Palo Alto interns worked in teams to re-imagine the way we experience light and designed an exhibit to humbly show off.

August 11, 2014

Dot Re-Org

Celebrating their recent move across the street from the San Francisco studio with an ice cream party, IDEO.org decided to get competitive with a cornhole game on their new rooftop. Need tips? Just check out Aaron Britt’s form.

August 8, 2014

In The Dumps.

Nothing cheers up the Shanghai studio more than a mid week dumpling make-a-thon. This is a very traditional Shanghainese way to make dumpling soup.

August 6, 2014

Fixer Upper.

Need a few minutes of alone time to craft an email or decompress? Introducing: The Productivity Hammock. The San Francisco studio has a prototype waiting for you to try out in the Biergarten. Special thanks to Nathan Whipple and the SF shop for making this dream a reality.