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Barbara Beskind Speaks with NPR's All Things Considered

NPR: All Things Considered

IDEO’s Barbara Beskind on All Things Considered talking about her experience designing tech for older generations.

articles / Posted: January 19, 2015


Tim Brown's AXIS Magazine Cover Interview

Axis Magazine

Tim Brown graces the cover of the February 2015 issue of AXIS Magazine. Covering topics ranging from the change in design’s function and role to IDEO’s mission in Japan, this serves as the third time an IDEO employee has graced the cover of the influential Japanese and English design publication. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, or view the synopsis of the story here.

articles / Posted: January 15, 2015


TIME names PillPack, former IDEO Boston Startup-in-Residence, as one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2014


Along with the Apple Watch and 3D printing, former IDEO Boston Startup-in-Residence, PillPack, was named to Time’s annual round-up of the top 25 Inventions of 2014. The inventions had to make the “world better, smarter and –in some cases – a little more fun.”

This week The Atlantic also writes about PillPack’s disruptive service and quotes its CEO and founder, TJ Parker, on his company’s collaboration with IDEO, “We [had] the opportunity to make everyday tasks delightful. Even something as unsexy as taking pills.”

articles / Posted: November 20, 2014


IDEO’s Exploration into the Future of Automobility

WIRED, Fast Company and DesignBoom

Leading design publications cover IDEO’s exploration into the Future of Automobility, illustrating how transportation will change in the near and long term. Danny Stillion and Ricardo Figueiroa introduce three new concepts that conceptualize the commute, package delivery services and the mobile office experience. Read more in WIRED, Fast Company and DesignBoom.

articles / Posted: November 18, 2014


Do It Again, Singapore

Channel News Asia

Paul Bennett and Pete Overy call for 50 more years of creative growth in the island nation on Channel News Asia’s Future Forward show (23 minute episode, IDEO appears at 7 minutes and beyond).

events / Posted: November 12, 2014


The Engineer of the Original Apple Mouse Talks About His Remarkable Career


WIRED spotlights the career of self taught engineer and early IDEO employee Jim Yurchenco. The featured video, narrated by Jim, focused on the art of engineering, design and culture at IDEO and gives budding designers advice for success. IDEO project highlights include Apple’s first mouse, the Palm V and the first desktop computer for Metaphor. Read the full story here.

articles / Posted: August 18, 2014


Leif Talks to Design Report

Design Report

German magazine Design Report visits the IDEO Munich studio and talks to Leif Huff.

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articles / Posted: August 1, 2014


Shaping a School System, From The Ground Up

The New York Times

The New York Times spotlights IDEO’s work with Innova Schools to design a school system in Peru from the ground up. The article looks at how “increasingly design companies like IDEO are being asked to build complex systems for businesses, governments and non profit organizations”. For the full article click here.

articles / Posted: July 5, 2014


IDSA’s 2014 IDEA Awards


IDEO and were awarded 8 International Design Excellence Awards by the IDSA (seven and one respectively). Winning designs ranged from a new generation of bike saddles for Brooks to ​redesigning the cafeteria and food system for San Francisco Unified School District. Read more about the winners here.

Cambium C-17 Bike Saddle for Brooks (Sports, Leisure and Recreation)
PillPack (Service Design)

Food System Redesign for San Francisco Unified School District (Design Strategy)
Spark Camera App (Digital Design)

POWEREASE for Medtronic (Medical and Scientific Products)
Creativity Camera and App for LeapFrog (Children’s Products)
Wing Control Dusty Crophopper for Mattel (Children’s Products)

SmartLife for ​WSUP, Unilever and GAIN (Social Impact Design)

IDEO finalists included LEED Dynamic Plaque (Digital Design), Zatar for Zebra​ Technologies​ (Digital Design) and design language for Kobo Aura e-Readers (Computer Equipment).

awards / Posted: July 2, 2014


IDEO + Core77 Design Awards


Core77 recognizes four IDEO projects in its annual design awards. 2014 Runner Up recipients include our work with Brooks on the Cambium C-17 bike saddle and pharmacy market-disrupter PillPack. Notable honorees include redesigning the food system for the San Francisco Unified School District and the Edison light installation for Joie de Vivre Hotels. For more on the award winners, see here.

awards / Posted: June 20, 2014


30 Years, 18 MDEA Awards

Medical Design Excellence Awards

IDEO celebrates its 18th Medical Device Excellence Award (MDEA) for our work with Tria Beauty on the Age-Defying Laser, with Tria’s Hair Removal Laser and Medtronic’s POWEREASE being named finalists. For more on IDEO’s history of delivering impactful, human-centered design to the world of medical and consumer products see here.

awards / Posted: June 11, 2014


FOCUS Talks With Tom and David About Creative Confidence

FOCUS Magazine

German magazine FOCUS visited IDEO Palo Alto and the d-school and talked to Tom and David Kelley about Creative Confidence (recently published in Germany Kreativität und Selbstvertrauen). The article also mentions IDEO Munich’s work with Swiss Life and Ravensburger. In German.

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articles / Posted: May 21, 2014


Noam Has Landed!

Noam, a messaging platform designed by IDEO, is now live! It bridges the gap between hardware and software, enabling for quicker prototyping.

events / Posted: May 21, 2014


Designs On— Aging Launches

Wall Street Journal Digits, Fast Company, DesignBoom and Slate

Wall Street Journal‘s Digits blog captures the story of Barbara Beskind, a 90 year old designer at IDEO. Barbara was an integral part of our Designs On— Aging exploration, also covered by Fast Company, DesignBoom and Slate.

articles / Posted: May 5, 2014


Redesigning the School Lunch Experience

Wired and DesignBoom

WIRED and DesignBoom cover IDEO’s work with the San Francisco Unified School District to redesign the school lunch experience and both feature IDEO’s story capture of the work.

articles / Posted: May 5, 2014

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