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Hello, I’m Jörg Student

Executive Design Director, IDEO Palo Alto

As design director at IDEO, I help teams develop product strategies and quickly make them tangible through physical prototyping. I push the design at the intersection of desirability, beauty and feasibility. I also help IDEO Palo Alto develop a strong point of view on physical products and prototyping, as well as win projects and clients that our designers crave.

What you won't learn from my bio:
I have a passion for art and the outdoors. In my free time, I either build large scale, kinetic origami structures, or I go backpacking far off the grid. These two worlds collide at the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada.

Joined IDEO:
2005

My Work

Full Bio

Jörg Student is an Executive Design Director based in IDEO’s Palo Alto location. He is passionate about exploring the intersection of design and engineering to elevate the human experience.

Whether designing chairs, fitness equipment, medical devices, windows, or multi-tools, Jörg believes that the best designs are developed through rapid, iterative prototyping while always empathizing with users. Since joining IDEO in 2005, Jörg has applied this approach for innovation across a diverse range of industries, including consumer products, healthcare, and technology. His work has been recognized with multiple design awards, including from Fast Company and IDSA. Jörg has also spent a year with IDEO.org, IDEO’s non-profit arm, to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities.

Outside of IDEO, Jörg enjoys experimenting with advanced origami-folding patterns and translating them into larger-scale structures and interactive, kinetic art pieces. He is the co-founder and lead artist of the art collective FoldHaus, whose sophisticated yet poetic art pieces have been shown at many festivals and museums, including Burning Man, the NY MoMA, the Exploratorium in SF, the Smithsonian in DC, The Kaneko in Omaha, and the Dubai d3 design district.

Jörg holds two Masters degrees—one in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and another in Industrial Design and Engineering from the Royal College of Art in London.

When he is not building things, Jörg can be found backpacking in remote places, preferably far away from civilization in the backcountry of Alaska, Canada, or the Sierra Nevada.