Life at IDEO

In the heart of Silicon Valley, a young designer named David Kelley once wrote a letter to a friend that included these words: "I want to start a company with all my best friends as employees." Built on this foundation of friendship and entrepreneurial verve, IDEO today is made up of over 550 individuals in offices around the world. Together, we navigate each day with curiosity, optimism, and a sense of humor. We are makers, designers, hackers, builders, thinkers, explorers, writers, listeners, risk-takers, and doers—and we love what we do.

December 14, 2015


IDEO Palo Alto hosted Google-founded group, XX+UX, for happy hour, and it was Xtraordinary. The Silicon Valley group usually gathers for speakers, but in true IDEO form, they instead got to making. The women made interactive greeting cards with conductive ink and LEDs. They also made s’mores in the courtyard. Naturally.

December 4, 2015

Adorable Advent

To celebrate the holidays, IDEO London set up an adorable advent calendar for the month of December. Each day someone’s name is drawn out of a hat, and they get the goodie in the bag. Chocolates, coffee, and mulled wine have been among the gifts so far. Jealousy-inducing? Absolutely.

November 16, 2015

Competing Cocktails

What better way to celebrate the new faces of IDEO New York than with a cocktail competition? Teams were made up of newbies from IDEO and non-profit, and the competition included studio materials and secret ingredients. Creativity, taste, and design were taken into consideration by expert judges Alex Gallafent, Kourtney Bitterly, and Daniel Neville-Rehbehn. Everything was delicious, so technically everyone won.

November 1, 2015

Hoverboard Heros

To salute Back to the Future Day, the IDEO Boston crew got down with some sick hoverboard maneuvers in front of their green screen. Not to be left out, the studio dogs got in on the action too.

October 30, 2015

Train Or Treat!

Halloween! Candy! Well, maybe not so much for some. Two times a week, personal trainer Josh Clopton runs a bootcamp at IDEO San Francisco. Not wanting efforts to go to waste, he sent the following taunting email: “Happy Halloween everyone. Go easy on the candy this weekend. You’ll have to pay the piper on Tuesday.” Semi-related: Nicholas Pajerski‘s got hops!