Company Overview

We are a global design company committed to creating positive impact.
We are a community of designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, teachers, researchers, and more. IDEO* has roots dating back to 1978. Today, IDEO is an award-winning global design and innovation company. We create positive impact through design by taking a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate, grow, and bring to market new ideas.


Our shared values and beliefs influence the work that we do, and the impact we hope to achieve.

  • Talk Less, Do More
  • Make Others Successful
  • Learn from Failure
  • Embrace Ambiguity
  • Be Optimistic
  • Collaborate
  • Take Ownership


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 such as education, food, mobility, and aging.

Innovation 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

As early leaders of human-centered design, we keep people at the center of our work. It's a key tenet of design thinking, and even as our methods evolve in response to new, complex challenges, we’re always designing solutions for people first. We’re building to learn, and learning as we build, through inspiration, ideation, and implementation.

Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” —Tim Brown, chair of IDEO


Want to create positive impact through design? Join us.

At IDEO, we are committed to the work of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and in the world.
Our purpose of having disproportionate, world-changing impact through design is directly connected to our ability to bring many different perspectives to the table. This applies to our candidates, the people we hire, the clients and customers we serve, and the communities we learn from in our research.

As a human-centered organization, we are committed to working with and designing for people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, physical ability or attribute, religion, national origin, or political belief. We recognize that this commitment requires ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices.

Company Summary
Number of Employees
(630) 207-3436
626 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL