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  1. BlogDan Sayer

    Meet the Inventor Who Helps Bring Kids’ Wildest Ideas to Life

    Ladybug umbrella? Sure! A hat that shoots bubbles? Check!
  2. BlogJuho Parviainen

    How We Designed a Studio Space That Reflects Our Values

    At IDEO, our values are the guideposts for everything that we do. And that commitment extends to our office spaces.
  3. BlogShayna Proctor

    How Four People Live (Happily) in 400 Square Feet

    One designer's values-based system for life in a small space
  4. BlogTom Kelley

    Build Your Creative Confidence: Empathy Maps

    Exercises to help you unleash your creative potential from David and Tom Kelley’s best-selling book, Creative Confidence
  5. BlogLuca Ponticelli

    Thoughtless Acts: Going With Gravity

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  6. BlogRoss Sokolovski

    A Designer’s Daily Diary of Learning to Draw in VR

    Practice may not always make perfection, but it definitely builds proficiency, as this new IDEOer discovered.
  7. BlogJayme Brown

    If You Can’t Have Fewer Meetings, Have Better Ones

    Our best tips to help you design a non-boring meeting (yes, it's possible)
  8. BlogReid Williams

    What a Computer Learns From Watching Hours of Cartoons

    Exploring how an AI’s output is shaped by the data we provide it
  9. BlogScott Shigeoka

    This Artist-CEO Built a Collective That Tells Immersive Stories Through Art

    Meow Wolf's mysterious, larger-than-life work dots New Mexico's desert—with more coming soon
  10. BlogShoshana Berger

    5 Business Leaders Share Their Best Advice for Organizational Change

    Put your company on a self-improvement regimen
  11. BlogRich Cahill

    Thoughtless Acts: Glass Full of iPhone

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  12. BlogTom Kelley

    Build Your Creative Confidence: 30 Circles Exercise

    Exercises to help you unleash your creative potential from David and Tom Kelley’s best-selling book, Creative Confidence
  13. BlogJoe Brown

    To Build a Culture of Experimentation, Start With Bad Ideas

    How one company embraced experimentation to empower their employees
  14. BlogJuan Astasio Soriano

    Why This Cartoonist Keeps Pitching the New Yorker—Even After 100 Rejections

    One IDEOer is on a quest to land on the pages of The New Yorker. It isn’t going very well.
  15. BlogJoe Brown

    This Menswear Maker Works out of a 19th-Century London Workshop

    A hidden, rain-damp shop houses S.E.H Kelly’s obsessively detailed clothing line
  16. BlogNadia Surtees

    5 Ways Mindfulness Can Make You a Better Designer

    Incorporating mindfulness into the design process can help you feel more grounded and be more creative
  17. BlogMelanie Bell-Mayeda

    3 Tips to Help You Prototype a Service

    Prototyping is an integral part of design, but what does the process look like for experiences and human interactions?
  18. BlogDeirdre Cerminaro & Jimmy Chion

    Design Your Very Own Non-Partisan Voting Guide

    One IDEO alum’s plan to to increase voter engagement
  19. BlogSarah Rich

    15 Podcasts Playing in IDEO Ears Right Now

    Podcasts we're currently listening to and loving
  20. BlogIngrid Fetell Lee

    6 Ways to Hack Your Workspace and Find More Joy at Work

    Transform your work environment to increase joy and bring out your most productive, collaborative, creative self
  21. BlogTom Kelley

    Build Your Creative Confidence: 15 Seconds of Brilliance

    Exercises to help you unleash your creative potential from David and Tom Kelley’s best-selling book, Creative Confidence
  22. BlogJoe Brown

    4 Models for Handing Off Innovation Projects

    Tips to help you avoid the handoff trap
  23. BlogVirginia Martinez

    An IDEO Recruiter’s 5 Tips for Writing a Better Cover Letter

    What we've learned from the best letters to come through IDEO
  24. BlogShuya Gong

    Thoughtless Acts: Learn From Nature

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  25. BlogTom Kelley

    Build Your Creative Confidence: Mindmaps

    Exercises to help you unleash your creative potential from David Kelley and Tom Kelley’s best-selling book, Creative Confidence
  26. BlogKateryna Romanova

    6 Ways We Want to Redesign Cities

    Visions for a more human-centered city
  27. BlogSaige Perry

    Get Inspired by These Designers’ Side Gigs

    Passion projects help us stay inspired, push our edges, and bring new ways of thinking to our day jobs
  28. BlogAnna Hartley

    The Bright Side of Design Constraints: 3 Tips for Leveraging Limitations

    Three insights for turning design constraints into better client relationships and more effective prototypes
  29. BlogKristen Myers

    Why I Made a GIF Every Day (And You Should, Too!)

    How tiny projects can make you a better designer
  30. BlogMatthew Epler

    Learn the Basics of Coding with a Needle and Thread

    How a hands-on craft project builds digital know-how
  31. BlogJane Zanzig & Lisa Nash

    Using Data Science to Design Human Connection

    How we built Meaty the Meetbot, a humanoid meetball on a quest to bring people together
  32. BlogAnna Hartley & Carl Fudge

    5 Tips for Running a Successful Design Sprint

    To kickstart a marathon design project, it helps to start with a sprint. Here are 5 pro tips for building solutions in rapid intervals.
  33. BlogHeather Kathryn Ross

    Thoughtless Acts: Home for Joey

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  34. BlogSaige Perry

    6 Creative Crushes Whose Work Will Inspire You

    Sometimes the best way to get inspired is to steep in other people’s genius for a while
  35. BlogSean Mulholland

    How to Experiment with 360˚ Video

    Learn a new way to tell stories in 360 degrees—without the expensive camera
  36. BlogYuriko Yamaguchi

    How to Turn the Familiar Into Something New

    6 design lessons from a Japanese art exhibition that embraces the art of surprise
  37. BlogShuya Gong

    Thoughtless Acts: Clean Plate Club

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  38. BlogNadia Surtees

    To Make Sense of Messy Research, Get Visual

    “Sketch synthesis” is a way to make sense of research data and share that sense with others
  39. BlogSean Tang & David Aycan

    How to Set the Conditions for Innovation

    Creativity thrives in environments that fit the dynamic needs of modern teams
  40. BlogDavid Webster

    How We Can Help Technology to Be Good

    Our technology should bring out the best in us
  41. BlogMollie West Duffy

    What Org Design Actually Looks Like

    Follow an IDEO organization designer through a day of collaboration, synthesis, and making
  42. BlogAnnette Ferrara

    Why Workplace Culture Matters (And How to Build a Good One)

    5 ways to create an environment that inspires innovative work
  43. BlogSamantha Miller

    Thoughtless Acts: Mobile Hat Rack

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  44. BlogCamden Foley

    11 Magazines That Keep Us Inspired

    Learn which glossies inspire IDEO designers all month, every month
  45. BlogNat Steinsultz

    Why Your Office Needs a Laugh Detector

    How one data scientist set out to track the volume of laughter as a measure of success
  46. BlogJörg Student

    How to Motivate a Team to Pull Off the Impossible

    These life-size origami installations are built by creative leaders at IDEO
  47. BlogJustin Massa

    ​Trust is Earned, Not Machine Learned

    AI needs to earn our trust, just like any human relationship
  48. BlogJochen Weber & Tiffany Yuan & Leo Marzolf

    Teaching AI to See Our Best Side

    Teaching machines to respond to our most personal preferences
  49. BlogAnna Silverstein

    7 Ways to Design an Unforgettable Event

    How to engage your guests beyond the panel
  50. BlogKim Cullen

    5 Quick Org Design Tips

    Lessons in organization design (from a product designer!)
  51. BlogSophy Lee

    Design Like You Can Hear the Page

    Tools of visual storytelling:  Music and Calligraphy
  52. BlogAlex Gallafent & Randy Plemel

    How Sweden is Sparking a Mobility Movement

    3 design lessons from Sweden's sustainable mobility initiative
  53. BlogTara Tan

    Designing for Blockchain: Three Ways to Get Started

    3 design challenges to explore the future of blockchain
  54. BlogLynda Deakin

    What Electric Cars Can Tell Us About Redesigning the Food System

    Looking for inspiration in unexpected places can help us cut food waste and make products more appetizing
  55. BlogDean Malmgren & Jure Martinec

    What the AI Products of Tomorrow Might Look Like

    With human needs in mind, we designed some speculative smart things
  56. BlogLars Kaltenbach

    Thoughtless Acts: Hack Your Commute

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  57. BlogSean Mulholland

    The Digital Selves We Leave Behind

    We detail so much of our lives online; what if the dead could whisper through technology?
  58. BlogElise Craig

    How an Art Director at the New Yorker Unwinds

    When Rina Kushnir's not designing layouts, she can be found painting leaves
  59. BlogAshlea Powell Sommer

    This Deck of Cards Will Change the Way You Work

    Creating a common language for critique
  60. BlogAshley Szukalski

    How to Make Hard Feedback Pay Off

    It's not easy to have your work ripped apart, but it's essential to the creative process. Here's how to make it less hard.
  61. BlogEmma Scripps

    How to Use Conspiracy Theories for Good

    The human behavior behind sticky stories
  62. BlogMarta Harding

    3 Ways to Get Comfortable with Ambiguity

    When not having all the answers is the answer
  63. BlogBecca Chacko

    6 Tips for Amping Up Your Work Sprints

    Start with small questions, tight deadlines, and lots of listening
  64. BlogJane Ha

    Can an Interaction Designer Survive Without a Smartphone?

    What I learned during a month unplugged
  65. BlogLawrence Abrahamson

    Thoughtless Acts: Driving in Style

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  66. BlogAshley Holtgraver

    Why I’m Building a TV For My Baby

    Why I’m Building a TV For My Baby
  67. BlogSam Bertain

    A Kiss from the Future and Other Biodesign That Will Blow Your Mind

    A Q&A with Ani Liu, the MIT-trained artist whose boundary-pushing projects look more like science fiction
  68. BlogSean Mulholland

    How to Make Cinemagraphs with Your iPhone

    How to master the art of the moving image
  69. BlogAllison Press

    5 Brainstorming Exercises for Introverts

    How to adapt group activities to make sure all voices are heard
  70. BlogSally Madsen

    Thoughtless Acts: Design Your Breakfast

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  71. BlogClark Scheffy

    Be the Leader You Wish You Had

    Remember that people like to play
  72. BlogNadia Surtees

    The Kitchen Designer Who Helped Women Get Out of the Kitchen

    Ever heard of Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky? Her Frankfurt Kitchen changed women's work
  73. BlogJacob Waites

    How We Turned an Old Gas Station into a Community Hot Spot

    Great design doesn't just happen in big cities
  74. BlogSean Hewens

    A Cartography Nerd's Guide to Custom Map-Making

    How to one designer used public data to create an interactive map of San Francisco tennis courts
  75. BlogNjoki Gitahi

    A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer

    Follow an IDEO designer through a day of research, prototyping, and inspiration
  76. BlogKatie Kirsch

    3 Ways Boredom Can Unlock Your Creativity

    Ideas come to the prepared mind
  77. BlogShauna Carey

    Why This Illustrator Makes Her Own Tools

    An interview with picture book author and illustrator Cindy Derby
  78. BlogSabrina Keller

    Thoughtless Acts: Urban Surfing

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  79. BlogChristine Hendrickson

    Love Notes to Our Design Heroes

    In which we give our hearts away to Maira, Bucky, Syd, Marcel, and more
  80. BlogHeather Kathryn Ross

    The 4 Books Tim Brown Can’t Put Down

    The top four books IDEO CEO Tim Brown read last year
  81. BlogMaggie Zhang

    Whale-Centered Design

    4 lessons on designing for a client that isn't human
  82. BlogNicholas Pajerski

    Meet the Woman Who Spots Great Design for a Living

    SF MOMA curator Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher puts the world of design on display
  83. BlogShoshana Berger

    The Human-Centered Heart of California Design

    SFMOMA's "Designed in California" celebrates the legacy of the Left Coast
  84. BlogJake Knapp

    Feeling Stuck at Work? Switch to “Play Mode”

    Jake Knapp shares how a change in mindset can unlock creativity
  85. BlogDavid Rose

    Why Gesture is the Next Big Thing in Design

    With new cameras, sensors, and AI, it's time for design to get physical
  86. BlogShoshana Berger

    The Life of David Kelley, According to His Shelves

    The first Apple mouse, the Jaminator, and other gems from the personal collection of IDEO's founder
  87. BlogChris Nyffeler

    Get to Know the Creator of Song Exploder

    Graphic designer, musician, podcaster: Hrishikesh Hirway is a creative jack of all trades.
  88. BlogAlex S.

    How I Taught Myself to Code in 3D

    Hosting a 3D dance party in multiple realities
  89. BlogKate Lydon & Anna Hartley

    A Designer's Guide to Emergency Preparedness

    IDEO designers share their non-scary, non-overwhelming disaster preparedness plan
  90. BlogEri Tsutsumi

    Thoughtless Acts: Escape the Rain

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  91. BlogJake Knapp

    5 Design Hacks to Trick You Into Actually Reaching Your Goals

    Jake Knapp shares his slacker-friendly plan for sticking with resolutions
  92. BlogHeather Kathryn Ross

    10 Resolutions for a Creative, Inclusive New Year

    We asked the design community—inside and outside IDEO—for their New Year’s resolutions
  93. BlogAlastair Warren

    The Tool Every UX Designer Needs

    Sometimes digital design is best done by hand
  94. BlogSaige Perry

    Our Top 10 Stories of 2017

    The stories our readers loved this year
  95. BlogHeather Kathryn Ross

    8 Ways to Redesign the Workplace for 2018

    We asked IDEO designers how they’d improve work life
  96. BlogAli Cottong

    Why Designers Need to Start Thinking About Blockchain

    Bringing human-centeredness to a technology that is going to radically alter how we live, work, and play
  97. BlogSuzanne Gibbs Howard

    8 Exciting Design Research Trends

    It's less what you learn, and more how you learn it
  98. BlogSean Mulholland

    Designing the Siris and Alexas of the World

    We shape our devices, and thereafter our devices shape us *with apologies Marshall McLuhan
  99. BlogEthan Klein

    Beat-Boxing Our Way to a Better World

    One way to give refugees a voice
  100. BlogHeather Kathryn Ross

    The IDEO Gift Guide for Creative Types

    Crowd-pleasers for those who don’t follow the crowd
  101. BlogJocelyn Wyatt

    The Designer’s Toolkit for Tackling Tough Problems

    Bite-sized tools to spark creativity in the face of daunting design challenges
  102. BlogHeather Kathryn Ross

    9 Travel Hassles We’re Dying to Redesign

    Some suggested improvements to trains, planes, and automobiles
  103. BlogMichael Hendrix

    Why Joy is the Best Protest

    Inspiration came from an unlikely place. A defiant nun.
  104. BlogNastasha Tan

    A Day in the Life of an Interaction Designer

    No biggie, just creating the experiences of tomorrow
  105. BlogNazlican Goksu

    5 Design Research Lessons I Learned From My Mom

    Hint: Look for the unexpected, in unexpected places.
  106. BlogCarlos Arturo Torres Tovar
  107. BlogDanae Sterental & Tiffany Knight

    The Freelancer's Guide to Hustling

    3 ways to fuel your freelancing
  108. BlogNazlican Goksu

    Thoughtless Acts: A Seat on the Street

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  109. BlogSean Hewens

    Writing a Novel? Harness the Power of Design Thinking

    Your novel is a prototype. Treat it that way.
  110. BlogOwen Sanderson

    Time to Burst Your Research Bubble

    Why you should make this one simple change to your research plan
  111. BlogTracey-Lauren Milne

    What Would Rhonda Do?

    How do you build community? An homage to our colleague who did it best.
  112. BlogSteve Moore
  113. BlogBurton Rast

    5 Tips for Rocking a Public Speaking Gig

    5 go-to speaking tips from the best presenters at IDEO
  114. BlogDenise Burchell

    4 Tricks for Getting Better Feedback

    An IDEO designer shares her tips to gather great feedback from events
  115. BlogRochael Adranly

    How Design Taught Me to Be a Human-Centered Lawyer

    IDEO's general counsel on the importance of empathy in legal processes
  116. BlogLuca Ponticelli

    Thoughtless Acts: Hot Rod

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  117. BlogPaloma Nikolic

    Meet the Badass Brooklyn Art Collective You've Never Heard Of

    If you like rainbows, cats, and textiles, you'll love Cassandra Joy Fountaine
  118. BlogHeather Kathryn Ross

    6 Ways to Get Inspired on Your Commute

    How to turn your commute from a time sink into a springboard
  119. BlogJake Knapp

    “Sprint” Author Jake Knapp Built You a New To-Do List

    Jake Knapp's simple, paper-based system for focused to-dos
  120. BlogPedro Andrade

    Why You Should Start Prototyping—Right Now

    How early prototypes can kickstart your project
  121. BlogSarah Codraro

    Meet the Sisters Behind Block Shop

    There are creative crushes, and then there are girl crushes. This qualifies as both.
  122. BlogBob Sutton

    Are You Dealing With Assholes at Work?

    A few tips to help you survive
  123. BlogRoshi Givechi

    Your Daily Creative Challenge

    A few snaps can catalyze a chain reaction of curiosity
  124. BlogEri Tsutsumi

    3 Creative Lessons to Learn From Our Kids

    Rules for maintaining a childlike curiosity
  125. BlogJavier Soto Morras

    5 Things My Startup Taught Me About Design

    What I learned from developing my own product
  126. BlogScott Shigeoka

    Why You Should Make a Habit of Talking to Strangers

    How a Lyft ride led to a creative partnership
  127. BlogHeather Currier Hunt

    3 Ways to Make Your OOO More Human

    The art of Out-of-Office messages
  128. BlogEri Tsutsumi

    Thoughtless Acts: DIY Rain Gutter

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  129. BlogHeather Kathryn Ross

    Being Indiana Jones (for Three Weeks a Year)

    Being a part-time archaeologist makes me a better full-time editor
  130. BlogLeif Huff

    5 Ways to Think Like a Designer, from an IDEO Partner

    What I've learned from teaching design
  131. BlogAllison Press

    How to Make Friends—Literally

    How one designer creates collage portraits to celebrate friends
  132. BlogBurton Rast

    Building Superhumans and Supermachines—a Normal Day for Riccardo Giraldi

    Riccardo Giraldi and his team can see things we can't
  133. BlogElise Craig

    19 Things We're Dying to Redesign

    IDEO designs a lot of things. Here's what's still on our wish list.
  134. BlogRachel Maloney

    4 Ideas to Steal From IDEO’s Test Kitchen

    Here's what it looks like when design thinking enters the kitchen
  135. BlogNazlican Goksu

    Thoughtless Acts: Space to Socialize

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  136. BlogSarah Codraro

    These Insanely Detailed Cityscapes Are Drawn by Hand

    UK artist Patrick Vale drew a giant map of San Francisco on our office wall
  137. BlogKim Powers

    Thinking About Starting a Side Business? Read This.

    This IDEO designer started a coffee shop on the side
  138. BlogMinnie Bredouw

    5 Exercises That Break Down Barriers

    How to get comfortable in a room full of strangers
  139. BlogMeija Jacobs

    3 Design Lessons From a Dream Hotel

    What I learned about hospitality from SingleThread Farms
  140. BlogSarah Codraro

    This Artist Takes Weaving to a Whole New Level

    Mimi Jung is pushing the boundaries of textile arts
  141. BlogClaudio Fresneda

    Get Inspired by 5 Great Film Title Designers

    How I learned design principles from going to the movies
  142. BlogAdam Moulter

    Thoughtless Acts: Headphone Helper

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  143. BlogSean Hewens

    What Brewing Beer Taught Me About Design

    Mapping the future of beer drinking
  144. BlogPedro Andrade

    Quick + Dirty Design Tips: Animation in After Effects

    Animation tips from an After Effects power user
  145. BlogJacob Waites

    Why You Should Keep Making Stuff By Hand

    Don't let technology stop you from getting your hands dirty
  146. Blog

    Thoughtless Acts: Single-Serve Medicine

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  147. BlogNicholas Pajerski

    A Day in the Life of an Environments Designer

    Ever wondered what an environments designer does all day?
  148. BlogGreg Perez

    Code-Based Eye Candy from a Tokyo Renaissance Man

    This artist is on a quest to make Japanese culture more fun for everyone
  149. BlogJenn Maer

    Our Bathroom Reading List

    The average human spends 213 days in the bathroom over a lifetime. Might as well bring a good book.
  150. BlogGreg Perez

    The Jam Session That Spanned Three Continents

    Eight designers, five cities, three countries, one song
  151. BlogAmanda Sim

    7 Tips for Seamless, Sexy Typography

    For more friends and fewer misunderstandings
  152. BlogTony Wong

    These Eye-Popping Videos Capture the Madness of Cities

    An interview with nomadic filmmaker Brandon Li
  153. BlogMegan Crabtree

    8 Ways to Fail Your Way to Success

    One designer's take on how to fail to succeed
  154. BlogEri Tsutsumi

    Thoughtless Acts: Skate the Streets

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  155. BlogNazlican Goksu

    6 Reasons to Play More

    A playful look into what makes city life so charming.
  156. BlogBurton Rast

    How to Use Your iPhone to Create Frameable Art

    How a design constraint helped me make art
  157. BlogAdam Cristobal

    What’s in my Moleskine: Adam Cristobal

    Take a peek into an interaction designer's sketchbook
  158. BlogHannah Williams

    An Artist’s Love Affair with Cute Patterns

    Austin Salmi makes a habit of frequenting tiki bars and drawing clean patterns
  159. BlogEd White

    Your Body as An Art Project

    How one young British artist is pushing the boundaries of bodily design
  160. BlogAlana Murao

    Thoughtless Acts: Bespoke Belt Loop

    The intuitive ways we adapt and react to things in our environments
  161. BlogMelanie Bell-Mayeda

    4 Ways Hip-Hop Changed the Way I Work

    I wanted to try something new this year. Something that scared me a little bit. So I signed up for a hip-hop class.
  162. BlogChris Grantham

    Smart Things That Will Save the World

    Today's products were designed for the industrial era. It's time to rethink that model.