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Hello, I’m Alex Gallafent

Design Director, IDEO New York

I’m here to help clients, teams, and individuals imagine and do extraordinary things in the world. I draw on whatever I can to spark and contribute to remarkable design work, including design research, theater, audio journalism, writing, and music.

What you won't learn from my bio:
I’m the curator of an invented (utterly fictional) museum of audio curiosities, The Jonesonian Institution.

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My Work

Full Bio

Alex Gallafent is a Design Director at IDEO New York. He helps clients, teams, and individuals imagine and do design work that addresses people's deepest needs and meets their highest aspirations. Alex grounds complex design projects in clarifying, human-centered research, and builds confidence and excitement through language, sound, and immersive experiences.

Since joining IDEO, he's worked with major clients in media, government, civic innovation, financial empowerment, travel, financial services, and elsewhere. He also teaches design thinking, storytelling, and research at institutions including New York University, The School of Visual Arts, and The New School.

Alex is a former correspondent for public radio's ‘The World' and the BBC World Service, reporting from across the globe on everything from the rise of digital gurus in India to the intersection of religion and public health in southern Africa. He continues to produce radio stories for fun, particularly about global food culture.

After graduating in philosophy from Oxford, Alex trained in classical acting at LAMDA. He's performed and taught Shakespeare, composed music for plays in London's West End, and appeared in sketch comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. In New York, he performs improv, plays drums for the city's only improvised rock'n'roll storytelling band, and hosts as many dinner parties as possible.