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.

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.

November 24, 2014

Honey, I shrunk the designer.

Just in time for holiday gift giving season, Chicago‘s David Sjunnesson and Ben Syverson 3-D printed themselves at 5% life size. IDEO chess, anyone?

November 17, 2014


The Boston studio’s ​Ian Schon and​ Prat Ganapathy led a lecture on prototyping - from rapid to pilot - at the Harvard I-Lab as part of Srikant Datar’s class on Innovation.