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 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.”

January 26, 2015

Chizzled Bods

During IDEO Boston’s most recent Fortnight, a seasonal disruption of creative experimentation led by Nick Dupey and Alex Staudt, an off-the shelf Kinect 3D camera clashed with our 3D printers to create this chess set of Boston’s IDEOers.

January 20, 2015

Camo Linear

While most of IDEO San Francisco was on winter holiday, Managing Director Clark Scheffy took the quiet time to ink this dizzying mural. Channeling their inner chameleon, Anna Hartley and Caryn Voskuil stand dazzled before the masterpiece.