Owen Rogers, a senior partner at IDEO, leads the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices. He brings his consumer experience expertise to various industry sectors, including food and beverage, consumer electronics, and consumer products. He personally manages client relationships with HBO and Snap-on, for whom he is a strategic adviser.
Since joining IDEO in 1998, Owen has worked in many of IDEO’s global offices, most recently Shanghai. After spending 6 months in the Shanghai office, he continues to lead the firm’s Asia growth strategy, which includes various locations and business units.
In addition, Owen is involved in a new business unit called IDEO Venturing, which aims to explore innovative opportunities with key partners. He is particularly passionate about developing working relationships with other design firms and creative agencies across North America. His goal is to encourage sharing in the creative community, to bring design thinking and collaboration to clients’ businesses and ultimately create knowledge and financial upside for all involved.
Owen serves as a director on the boards of Allen Edmonds, a global leader in men’s dress shoes, and CleanWell, a start-up company based in San Francisco that he co-founded. He frequently guest lectures and speaks about design for business.
He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 1997 with a master’s degree in industrial design. Owen has two young boys who keep him busy outside of IDEO, as does his love for making jams and marmalade.
Consumer experience design
Entertainment and media
Design strategy in emerging markets
Design as a holistic industry/exercise
Design as another part of running a successful business