"Our Chicago office has a tradition of giving silly but relevant goodbye gifts to departing colleagues."
Rob Rehrig

How to Hack a Furby

Our Chicago office has a tradition of giving silly but relevant goodbye gifts to departing colleagues. The goal is to make their exit a little more light hearted for everyone, as well as give our erstwhile colleagues a sort of inside joke to take with them. A few months ago, when a friend and colleague […]

"The days are long, the sleeping is limited, and it’s Vegas in the middle of summer."
Rob Rehrig

Designing for DEF CON

Every year, it’s hard for me to contain my excitement as DEF CON approaches, so I try to focus that enthusiasm into various projects. (For the uninitiated, DEF CON is one of the world’s largest hacking conventions. The days are long, the sleeping is limited, and it’s Vegas in the middle of summer.) In the past […]

"Pretty sure Charles Strite, inventor of the modern toaster, didn't see this coming."
Rob Rehrig

How to Hack Your Next Circuit Board Project

Here at Labs, we notice that IDEOers tend to return again and again to a few favorite themes: kitchens, snacking, and hacking. So it’s no surprise that one of our all-time favorite hacks involves a toaster oven. Here, Rob Rehrig from our Chicago office provides a step-by-step guide to cooking circuit boards. I’m always on the lookout […]