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.

July 27, 2015

Digi Whiskey

Whiskey Thursday went digital when IDEO New York squared off against their fourth floor neighbors, Square Space, in a whiskey cocktail competition. Teams were formed from each studio, with one hybrid team that represented both. Whiskey was combined with limes, mint, grapefruit, and chocolate. YUM.

July 17, 2015

Summa Time

Since the last snow pile has finally melted, IDEO Boston took advantage of the weather with a nice outing. They shuttled to an island in Boston Harbor and enjoyed volleyball, horseshoes, BBQ, swimming, and a killer sunset. Talk about bonding!

July 10, 2015

Soldering 101

Fresh off of his IDEO.org rotation, Barry Lachapelle put his new soldering chops to use by holding a quick soldering session for Daniel Perujo and Shoko Saito. With the studio’s new maker space, these new skills will certainly be put to use!

June 19, 2015

Bike To Work Week

IDEO Chicago got wheely into the cycling spirit for Bike to Work Week. From coffee and freshly picked berries on the lakefront, to a group traveling on the newly opened 606 trails, their mornings were looking way up. And the excitement didn’t end there. To combine the goodness of Bike to Work Week with Design Week, ChIDEO held a DIY Freak Flag Mastaklaft open to the public. Fly ‘em high, y’all!

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.