Category Archives: reflections

"When we set the table up in Milan, we came in the next morning and found construction workers playing with it, saying, “bellissima!”"
Kalyn Nakano

Veggie Vision

What will kitchens be like a decade from now? IDEO recently helped IKEA envision some wild ideas that will likely be entirely plausible—someday. Usually, predictions like this exist only on screens, as concept videos and digital renderings. But this time, IKEA asked IDEO to build a working prototype of one future concept: the Table for […]

"The process of decomposing and prioritizing the project is useful not only in code, but also when thinking about a design problem."
Kevin Ho

Pivotal Experience

I recently finished taking part in a great collaboration between IDEO and Pivotal Labs. For those of you who don’t know, Pivotal Labs is one of the leading software development firms in the world and is largely responsible for the popularity of agile development. Since the app we were building is still confidential, I won’t […]

"Making workflow as effortless as possible  leaves more energy for solving design problems."
Tom Kershaw

Tools We Like v4

Of the many tools we use at IDEO—and there are many—Sketch is an arrow in the quiver of most of our interaction and communication designers these days.

"The border between design and art is really fluid."
Ethan Frier

The IDEOgraph

Ideograph (n): a picture or symbol used in a system of writing to represent a thing or an idea but not a particular word or phrase for it. IDEOgraph (n): a device that creates a physical representation of the spirit of IDEO Chicago by recording the ebb and flow of activity in the most beloved […]

"Once a project captures my imagination, there's no going back."
Barry Lachapelle

Just Skeu It

A few times a year, I’ll come across something—maybe an object or system; maybe just an idea—and I’m overwhelmed with a burning urge to translate it into code and design. It’s a practice usually referred to as skeuomorphism, and once a project captures my imagination, there’s no going back.