Hello, I’m Danny Stillion

Partner and Executive Design Director, IDEO Palo Alto

I help lead our work in the future of automobility. I also contribute to our digital and interaction design efforts. I spend my days striving for craft excellence, collaborating with clients, and connecting with new talent.

What you won't learn from my bio:
I spent my early years running cross country, and today enjoy riding cross country on long motorcycle tours.

Joined IDEO:
1998

Full Bio

As a Partner at IDEO, Danny serves as an Executive Design Director. With a background in fine art, visual communications and product design, Danny was drawn to the field of interaction design through his interests in visual design and time-based media. He loves working with interdisciplinary teams to shape how we interact with products and services and strives to make the world a better place through focusing on design excellence.

Danny’s deep grounding in interaction design at IDEO has richly intersected IDEO’s transportation and mobility work. Working with many of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, Danny has helped shaped a variety of innovative Human-Machine Interface touch points for vehicles. Projects include designing for vehicle-to-vehicle interactions, climate and ambience control, vehicle access approaches, gestural interactions, active heads up displays, personal media and device integration as well as wider ranging ownership, training and telematics programs. Many of these engagements have been focused on enhancing safety and positively impacting our ecosystem at large.

Prior to joining IDEO, Danny taught interactive media courses in higher education and consulted as an interaction designer. Today he continues to mentor and learn from other design colleagues by working directly with them across a range of content areas. Danny also remains active in higher education through serving on several design school boards and by lecturing and teaching design modules.

Danny’s award-winning work and perspective have been featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, WIRED, BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, the Webby Awards, the IDEA Awards, and has resulted in various patent awards. He has spoken internationally about interaction design and design thinking.

Specialties: Interaction design, transportation design, design thinking, innovation, medical product design, telecommunications product design, website design, vehicle telematics.