Design Thinking and Innovation at IDEO

            
 
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Case Code : MKTG252
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 2000-2009
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : IDEO Inc
Industry : Consultancy - Design
Countries : US

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Background Note

IDEO was formed in 1991 through the merger of four firms - David Kelley Design (DKD), ID Two, Moggridge Associates (Moggridge), and Matrix Product Design (MPD). DKD was a design firm founded by a Stanford Mechanical Engineering professor David Kelley (Kelley) in 1978...

Design Thinking

In 2003, IDEO decided to rename its approach as 'design thinking' as opposed to the earlier 'design'. The employees at IDEO referred to themselves as design thinkers. According to Kelley, "We moved from thinking of ourselves as designers to thinking of ourselves as design thinkers...

Design Process at IDEO

IDEO's design process involved five key steps where the design team focused on observing the product usage history; ideating using techniques like brainstorming and body storming, developing the prototype, refining the prototypes to arrive at a final design, and then implementing the design solution...

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Innovation at IDEO

Since its inception, IDEO had had significant expertise in designing solutions for clients from various industries. The company always focused on providing innovative solutions to its clients' problems rather than simply suggesting solutions that had been tried by other companies when faced with similar problems...

Strengths of IDEO

According to industry experts, one of the main strengths of IDEO was its human resources. When IDEO was formed in 1991, DKD brought in mechanical engineering expertise while MPD and ID Two brought in design expertise...

Exhibits

Exhibit I: Apple Computer's First Mouse and Grid Compass
Exhibit II: IDEO's Case Study on Dove-Bar Mouse
Exhibit III: Visual of a Brainstorming Session at IDEO
Exhibit IV: Tech Box at IDEO
Exhibit V: IDEO - Three Personas


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