Mr. Kelley is the founder and chairman of IDEO and a professor at Stanford University. He is a California-based entrepreneur, educator, designer, and venture capitalist.
Mr. Kelley formed IDEO in 1991 by merging his product design firm with two industrial design firms. Today, IDEO helps the world’s best-known brands identify opportunities for innovation and transform their businesses through design thinking. IDEO has won more design awards than any other firm of its kind. The firm employs over 400 people in such diverse fields as industrial, interaction, and communications design; mechanical, electrical, software and manufacturing engineering; human factors research; and specialists in organizational transformation, branded communications, and business strategy. At Stanford University, Mr. Kelley is the Donald W. Whittier chaired professor in the school’s innovative Product Design program. In 2004, David led the creation of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, known as the “d.school”, founded in the belief that great innovators and leaders need to be great design thinkers.
Mr. Kelley has been recognized as one of America’s leading design innovators. In 2000 he was honored with the annual Chrysler Design Award, and the National Academy of Engineering elected him to its membership, one of the highest distinctions given to engineers in the US, recognizing him for “affecting the practice of design.” In 2001, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum presented David Kelley and IDEO with the National Design Award in Product Design. In 2005, David was recognized for his “distinguished contribution to design education” with the Sir Misha Black Medal.