At IDEO, we have a saying: “We think to build, and build to think.” Our engineering teams — electrical, manufacturing, mechanical, and software — provide the backbone of our generative design process. Engineering has long been at our core, dating back to the earliest days of IDEO’s history as a company, and it continues to be vibrant and central to our work.

IDEO’s engineers help colleagues and clients see the big picture on the back end, from physics to factory. Through the early involvement in concept generation and evaluation, we help with the development of complex designs and systems, ensuring that the creative vision becomes a product in people’s hands.

Engineers at IDEO take products from concept to manufacturing, including detailed mechanism and circuit board design, CAD models, materials selection, and detailed analysis and testing. Our engineers help find and evaluate manufacturing…

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Inspiration and Influence


  • Andrew Burroughs

    Andrew Burroughs

    Andrew, a partner at IDEO, was educated at London’s Imperial College and the Royal College of Art and brings a balanced view to the role of engineering and design.

  • Bruce MacGregor

    Bruce MacGregor

    Bruce MacGregor is Managing Partner for Asia. In his 17 years with IDEO, Bruce has worked in North America, Europe, and Asia. His portfolio of…

  • Ari Adler

    Ari Adler

    Ari Adler is a Location Director for IDEO’s Boston studio. He works to guide designers, project teams, and clients to push the edges of how we work, what we work on and how we grow as individuals and as a location.