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Making Progress at IDEO

Harvard Business Review

This Harvard Business Review case, “Making Progress at IDEO,” highlights several types of IDEO projects and client relationships, the value of those interactions, and the implications for IDEO designers everyday work experience.

articles / Posted: September 18, 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


Nikkei Explores Brainstorming

Nikkei Business Online

A feature in Nikkei Business Online in which the author discusses how IDEO’s brainstorming does much more than just idea-generation. Available in Japanese and English.

articles / Posted: April 30, 2014


A Light Installation That Can Visualize Any Data Stream

Wired and Engadget

WIRED and Engadget spotlight Project Edison for JDV’s Epiphany Hotel.

articles / Posted: April 30, 2014


Straits Times and Tim Brown Discuss Design

The Straits Times

Tim Brown is interviewed by The Straits Times on the role of design and transforming a company by design. Read the article here.

articles / Posted: April 28, 2014


Kontakter and Axel Unger on the Customer Experience

W&V Kontakter Magazine

German W&V Kontakter Magazine talks to Axel Unger about how to involve the customer early on in the design and development process. The article also features One100, the offer that IDEO has developed together with our client SwissLife. In German.

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articles / Posted: April 25, 2014

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