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Hello, I’m Elger Oberwelz

Executive Design Director, IDEO Palo Alto

Creativity is my drug. I believe in the power of beauty and aesthetics. I help teams create holistic and meaningful experiences. At the end of the day, it is about having fun with the most talented group of designers around me.

What you won’t learn from my bio:
I used play on the Austrian Junior National Hockey Team, and now on the weekends, you can find me dressing up in costume.

Joined IDEO:
2008

Full Bio

As an Executive Design Director at IDEO Palo Alto, Elger Oberwelz leads by getting his hands dirty, working side-by-side with his group of world-class industrial designers.

Elger believes in elevating the human experience through the power of beauty and relentlessly pursuing craft excellence. Driven by this passion to leverage design to improve just about anything, his mission is to push all teams—and clients—to their creative edge.

For more than 15 years, Elger has created award-winning products and well-loved experiences across a diverse range of industries — everything from cars to consumer electronics, toys, architectural lighting, furniture, and more. Thoughtful aesthetics, integrity, and intuitive usability underlie the heart of these designs. International clients include Volkswagen, Fender, Steelcase, Medtronic and Balanced Body.

Elger earned his academic degree at the FH Joanneum in Graz, Austria.