About IDEO

We are a global design company, committed to creating positive impact.

Employees

700+

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Locations

9

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Design Capabilities

23+

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Established

1991

But our story starts before that

psst... IDEO is pronounced EYE-dee-oh

Our Story

"When I started the firm that would eventually become IDEO, all I really wanted to do was work with my friends on cool projects. My dream for the future of IDEO is the same as it was back in 1978: that everyone at IDEO finds their calling; that being here feels like working with friends; that we are all enjoying our lives; that we are engaged in what feels like important work we were personally put on Earth to do.” —David Kelley

Based on that foundation, IDEO grew its wings.

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Who we are

We are a community of designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, teachers, researchers, and more. Our shared values and beliefs influence the work that we do, and the impact we hope to achieve.

We believe...

  • Everyone is creative.

    IDEO builds learning platforms and tools to unlock creativity.

  • Creative organizations are more agile.

    IDEO helps organizations innovate by empowering the people who drive them.

  • Complex problems are best solved collaboratively.

    IDEO brings together networks to act on systemic challenges in education, food, mobility, and aging.

  • Innovation in public life starts with people.

    IDEO creates human-centered products, services, spaces, and organizations that empower communities, cities, and even countries.

  • Technology moves fast, human needs change slowly.

    IDEO connects emerging technology to everyday needs and aspirations in fields such as biodesign, life science, health, and data.

  • Venturing is R&D.

    IDEO helps large organizations move quickly and small companies scale by putting people’s needs at the center.

How We Work

IDEO is known as a pioneer of human-centered design—putting people at the center of our work. This approach has come to be known as design thinking. As our methods continue to evolve in response to new challenges, we’re launching innovation labs, creating pop-up incubators, live-prototyping new businesses, and designing in code. See how we’re building to learn, and learning as we build.

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