Category Archives: Make

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"And then you’ll see that the flowers are discovering you as well..."
Joerg Student

Botanical Engineering

When I moved to the Bay Area to join IDEO, I had never even heard of Burning Man. But once I got here, it came up almost every time I showed someone my Ha-Ori shelter, a collapsible origami structure I designed and built while studying at the Royal College of Art in London.

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"Regardless of the technology we’re using or the problem we’re trying to solve, what has really gotten things done is ingenuity and creative thinking."
Mark Harrison

My Four All-Time Favorite Workarounds

In my 15 years at IDEO, I’ve had a hand in roughly 130 projects. Some of the technologies I’ve worked on have become obsolete, like component research that required dozens of part catalogs (now, we just use the Internet). Many, though, have become the foundation for newer technologies, like discrete components, which were developed into MEMS sensors. And some, like the […]

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"How to make Arduino code act “psuedo-asynchronous” or “multi-threaded”"
Jimmy Chion

A Purse That Can Charge a Phone

For London Fashion Week, Vodafone teamed up with fashion designer Richard Nicoll and IDEO to bring a disruptive solution to life — a purse that charges a phone in style. On day one, we created three prototypes for making our idea catwalk ready. Not only did the phone and bag need to work together, we wanted the […]

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"There’s something so delightful about reinventing a classic. People love getting their portrait, and it reminds us that we’re all artists."
Julie Regina

How to Make a Fauxtobooth

There was a lot of work to be done. IDEO’s New York studio was to host an event to celebrate Tom and David Kelley’s new book, Creative Confidence, and whatever we designed had to reflect their ideas. Pressure on, we brainstormed over lunch — tools and sticky notes spread out across the largest room in […]

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"Here at IDEO Chicago, we like beer. A lot. And we don’t just love drinking the stuff, we like brewing it, too."
Chris Gold

The Mix Master 2000: How to Build an Automated Shandy Machine

Here at IDEO Chicago, we like beer. A lot. And we don’t just love drinking the stuff, we like brewing it, too. Our ChIDEO Brew Crew started about two years ago and since that time, we’ve made more than 60 gallons, mostly for studio events like Rocktoberfest or St. Paddy’s Day, but sometimes just because […]