Hello, I’m David Webster

Partner and Executive Portfolio Director, IDEO Palo Alto

I’m all about figuring things out by building. I'm committed to relationships with clients who share our passion for humanizing technology.

What you won't learn from my bio:
My son has always called me ‘Engineer’ instead of Dad. I’m constantly trying to live up to it.

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Full Bio

As a Partner and director of IDEO's Product Portfolio, David Webster works with clients and design teams to frame adventures that activate new value by humanizing technology and have beautiful, product-centric experiences at their core.

Webster is based in Palo Alto, where IDEO has deep physical/digital prototyping capabilities, a diverse design community, and is surrounded by emergent technology in the heart of Silicon Valley. Current favorite projects include a new voting system for Los Angeles County and a VR makeover of the ViewMaster.

Webster has brought his natural enthusiasm to various roles in his 20 year tenure. Besides leading relationships with clients as diverse as Gillette, Shimano, Steelcase and Balanced Body, he has deep experience leading large parts of IDEO’s business through significant change. He has been Managing Director of both IDEO Palo Alto and IDEO San Francisco and has led the global Health & Wellness practice.

Before IDEO, Webster worked at GK Design in Tokyo, where Kenji Ekuan taught him the phrase ‘Human-Machine-Soul-Energy’. This is a recurring theme in the many lectures and talks he delivers to clients, conferences and universities.

He holds a master’s in Industrial Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from University of Edinburgh.

He is at his happiest being a kid with his kids and building things in their imaginary worlds.