Steve Bishop believes that sustainability is an essential aspect of any “good” design. As Global Lead of Environmental Impact at IDEO, he helps companies build brands, develop new offerings, and shape their innovation processes by repositioning environmental challenges as platforms for growth. He also works with IDEO colleagues to incorporate a green dimension into the design-thinking approach.
Steve applies his expertise across industries: he’s worked with the US General Services Administration to devise a high-performance green building strategy, helped utilities bring energy efficiency into their smart grids, and designed instrument panels for Ford’s 2010 Fusion Hybrid (for which he holds patents). His portfolio also includes award-winning office furniture and medical injection devices.
After earning a graduate degree in product design from Stanford University, Steve returned as guest lecturer and adjunct professor. In 2007, he launched a course on sustainable design and periodically teaches and coaches students at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school).
Steve serves as an adviser to several companies and frequently speaks at conferences and other events. He also writes for various publications, including Men’s Health, Metropolis, and Rotman magazines. Prior to joining IDEO in 2004, Steve cofounded Terrascope, an interaction design firm whose clients included Autodesk, Kaiser Permanente, and Sun Microsystems.
Design for Environmental Impact
Innovation in Energy