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.

October 23, 2014

Chat Shack.

Lucy Waterhouse and Amanda Briden get a little closer to home, or the coast, on client calls in OI Engine‘s new beach hut phone-booth!

October 16, 2014

Bon Voyageur.

Following his retirement after 30+ years at IDEO, Jim Yurchenco and his wife set off to paddle the Mississippi river from its source in Minnesota all the way to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. The Palo Alto studio has kept in touch by following their progress downstream with this postcard map, lovingly created by Katie Gorman.

October 8, 2014

Out of the Box.

Shoko Saito, also known as the human sewing machine, created a felted plushy bento box for a video she made to help the rest of IDEO get to know the Tokyo studio. Each item in the box represents members of the Tokyo studio in a funny, yet accurate way.

October 6, 2014

Rookie Cookie.

The San Francisco Food Studio’s newest foodie, Alexis Vogel, showcased her spectacular baking skills at tea time sharing this generous 12x12” iced cookie of the backdrop to pier 28.

September 29, 2014

Seeing Things.

The Shanghai studio had fun playing a creative drawing game, formerly introduced by Bea Camacho from the Palo Alto studio. The idea is that people can imagine anything in the “messy” lines and create their own picture within it.