Category Archives: Hack

"That’s the definition of wonder that I like—something that changes your perspective of the world."
Andrew Evans

The Magic Patio

Keep a close eye on Andrew Evans—he might be an innocent-looking product designer in IDEO’s Palo Alto studio, but he’s also a professional magician and a master of sleight of hand. Evans travels around the world speaking about the intersection of design and magic, and now, he’s made his San Francisco apartment a nexus of the […]

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"But soft! what light through yonder window breaks?"

The Yonder Lamp

“But soft! what light through yonder window breaks?” In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it’s the east, but the Yonder lamp at IDEO Tokyo (which takes its name from this famous quote) brings in the light from the west—way west. The lamp projects the daylight outside IDEO’s London studio, like a digital window to the sky […]

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"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 […]

"How we prototyped our way to effective light guides using Illustrator and a laser cutter"
Niko Vladimirov

Build Your Own Light Pipe

Light guides are physical tools that transmit light along a path from an illumination source while maintaining constant brightness. They’re often used in products to create a line of light that is consistently bright and dynamic-looking, even when it comes from a single source. Unfortunately, there is no simple how-to guide available for making them. The process […]

"OpenIDEO is a community that encourages taking creative risks, and that leads to powerful solutions to longstanding challenges."
Joanna Spoth, Challenge Manager

High-tech Solutions for Healthier Lives

Attention Labs readers! OpenIDEO has a challenge for tech-savvy problem solvers. They’ve teamed up with NBCUniversal, NBCUniverso, and Telemundo to come up with ideas for new ways to reduce preventable diseases, particularly in the Latino community, where one in five adults suffer from diabetes, more than 75% are overweight or obese, and strokes are the […]