Unlock your creative confidence

David Kelley
Founder & Partner Emeritus, Global
i Joined IDEO in
What you won’t learn from my bio
I was the bass player for a band called the Sabers in Barberton, Ohio.
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I founded IDEO because I wanted to work in a creative environment surrounded by people I admire. These days, that’s still the case. I get to work with inspired people who have a commitment to making great things happen in the world.

I also founded Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, informally known as the d.school. As Stanford’s Donald W. Whittier Professor in Mechanical Engineering, I am the Academic Director of both of the degree-granting undergraduate and graduate programs in Design within the School of Engineering, where I have been a student or a teacher for nearly 50 years.

I am most passionate about using design to help unlock creative confidence in everyone from students to business executives.

Together, my brother and I co-authored the New York Times best-selling book Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All.

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