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OpenIDEO Launches Food Waste Challenge


OpenIDEO, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, ReFED, and The San Francisco Department of the Environment, has just launched the Food Waste Challenge, a global open innovation collaboration to transform our relationship with food and dramatically reduce waste. Check it out and share your ideas here.

events / Posted: July 20, 2016


The New

The Boston Globe & Boston Magazine

The new, redesigned by IDEO Cambridge, is now live! The launch is mentioned in The Boston Globe and Boston Magazine, praising the site for its human-centered design and technology upgrades.

Read the Boston Globe story here, and the Boston Magazine story here. Visit the new here.

articles / Posted: July 19, 2016


Democracy By Design

Los Angeles County

Following Los Angeles County and IDEO’s work to redesign the county’s voting system, the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk releases Democracy By Design, a documentary video featuring interviews with designers, researchers and Los Angeles County staff.

articles / Posted: July 1, 2016


The Future of Voting in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles Times

The LA Times highlights IDEO’s work with LA County to redesign the voting experience in LA. The piece emphasizes the relationship between equipment and experience for LA’s diverse population.

Read the full article here.

articles / Posted: July 1, 2016


Four Core77 Design Awards for IDEO


Four IDEO projects were honored in the 2016 Core77 Design Awards. In the Design Education Initiatives category, The Teachers Guild was selected as the Winner, and Creative Tensions as Notable. Designs in collaboration with Brooks Bags and Team Rubicon were honored as runners-up in the Consumer Products and Service Design categories, respectively. also walked away with a list of accolades: Divas was honored as the Winner in the Service Design category and Runner-Up in Design for Social Impact, and the d.light A1 solar light was selected as Runner-Up in the Consumer Products category.

awards / Posted: June 2, 2016


Design and Business: A Conversation with IDEO China’s Charles Hayes

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, one of China’s top business schools, interviews IDEO’s Charles Hayes on the latest in design and business in China. Read the article here.

articles / Posted: May 23, 2016


Reimagining the End-of-Life Experience


OpenIDEO launches their End of Life Challenge to tackle a compelling question: How might we reimagine the end-of-life experience for ourselves and our loved ones? The challenge runs through July in collaboration with Sutter Health, Ungerleider Fund and HELIX Centre. Contribute your ideas here!

events / Posted: May 9, 2016


IDEO Honored at the Webby Awards

The Webby Awards

IDEO receives two wins in the 20th annual Webby Awards: the Teachers Guild wins the Webby Award for Web Associations, and Sesame Street Makes Music wins the People’s Voice Award for Family & Kids Apps. Two IDEO projects were also named Webby Honorees, including IDEO U and Creative Listening.

awards / Posted: April 29, 2016


IDEO Joins the kyu collective


IDEO has joined the kyu collective, a group of diverse creative companies committed to addressing the most significant challenges facing business and society. Read CEO and president of IDEO Tim Brown’s original Medium piece on the kyu collective here.

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Download the Chinese translation of the Medium piece here (中文).

events / Posted: February 9, 2016


A New Social Currency Emerges in Singapore

Asia One

IDEO’s Pete Overy reflects on how Singapore’s aspirations have changed from the traditional 5Cs – car, country club, cash, credit card, and condominium – to a new set of values, based on creativity, collaboration, contribution, compassion, and confidence. Read the full article here.

articles / Posted: September 22, 2015


Redesigning the Future of Voting with LA County

CBS This Morning

CBS This Morning follows IDEO’s work with Los Angeles County, home to the most voters in the U.S., in redesigning the voting system. Watch the broadcast here and read more about our work with LA County here.

articles / Posted: September 15, 2015


Finalists in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards 2015

Fast Company

Two IDEO projects have been selected as finalists in Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation By Design Awards: Concept Kitchen 2025 in the experience category, and the Future of Automobility in the experimental category.

articles / Posted: September 14, 2015


Design for Action in HBR

Harvard Business Review

In “Design for Action,” IDEO’s Tim Brown and Roger Martin, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, write about the shift in design—from discrete physical objects to strategies, user experiences and holistic systems—and how the introduction and integration of these “designed artifacts” is even more critical to success than the design of the artifacts themselves.​ View the article on here.

Or download the PDF here.

articles / Posted: September 1, 2015


Is Design Thinking Still a Competitive Advantage?

Harvard Business Review

​In 2008, Tim Brown authored “Design Thinking” for Harvard Business Review, which explored how thinking like a designer can transform the way you develop products, services, processes—and even strategy.

Now that design thinking is everywhere, ​Tim asks “When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?”​ In this HBR piece, Tim suggests that in order to create sustained competitive advantage, businesses must be not just practitioners, but aim for mastery of design thinking. View the article on here.

Or download the PDF here.

articles / Posted: August 27, 2015


Four International Design Excellence Awards


​ IDEO and were awarded at total of 4 International Design Excellence Awards by the IDSA (three and one respectively). Winning designs ranged from designing a scalable network of K-11 schools in Peru to an exploration into the future of automobi​lity. Read more about the winners here.

​2015 Winners​
Innova — Gold | Design Strategy
Design Kit ​(  —  Gold | Social Impact
Tempur-Pedic — ​ Silver | Design Strategy​
Future of Automobility — ​ Bronze | Automotive + Transportation

awards / Posted: August 26, 2015

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