Fred Dust

Fred Dust

Fred Dust is a former Senior Partner and Global Managing Director for the design firm IDEO.

Fred is currently working on a book on creativity, design and dialogue which will be released by Harper Collins in the Spring of 2020. He has been awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship to advance his research in the same arena.

Fred Dust works at the intersection of business, society and creativity. As a designer, author, educator, consultant, trustee, and advisor to social and business leaders, he is one of the world’s most original thinkers, applying the craft and optimism of human-centered design to the intractable challenges we face today. Most recently, he has been investigating new ways to ignite constructive dialogue in a climate of widespread polarization, cynicism and disruption.

Fred is a frequently requested speaker, advisor, and lecturer. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute, the Board of Directors for NPR, the Board of Directors at The New School. He was a founder and trustee for, IDEO’s non-profit that designs solutions to global poverty. He lectures widely on various topics, including design methodology, future trends, and social innovation.

Fred writes frequently for publications such as Fast Company, Metropolis, and Rotman Magazine. His books include Extra Spatial (Chronicle Books, 2003), which discusses the design of spaces, and Eyes Open: New York and Eyes Open: London (Chronicle Books, 2008), city guides that view exceptional experiences through an urban lens.

Videos & Articles

On Dialog

Why Ideo’s Fred Dust Thinks We Must Relearn The Art Of Dialogue (Fast Company)

Ideo Managing Director Fred Dust On The Lost Art Of Conversation (Fast Company)

Can We Redesign The Way We Talk About Gun Control In America? (Fast Company)

On Design

IDEO Partner Fred Dust on Designing the Future (Aspen Institute)

Creative Tensions

Creative Tensions (at Creative Mornings)


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