Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford

Yesterday I attended a party to celebrate the establishment of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.

Bruce Nussbaum of Business Week already wrote a wonderful post about Plattner’s 35 million dollar gift, a post that David Kelley mentioned in his speech.

As Plattner pointed out during his speech, Nussbaum was essentially responsible for introducing him to IDEO when he got IDEO on the cover of Business Week in May 2004. That led to Plattner and David Kelley (a professor at Stanford and founder of IDEO) getting together, which eventually led to the gift.

The party was full of the usual suspects from Stanford’s Mechanical Engineering and HCI programs, as well as people from IDEO and students from Stanford. There were even a bunch a Stanford GSB students there, which I thought was cool.

The Institute is only offering certificates at this point, but I believe they’ll offer design degrees once their new space opens up in 2007.

There are some pictures from the event, including a few of my own, posted under the d.school tag on flickr.

2 thoughts on “Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford”

  1. IDEO will be at an INFORUM event this month.

    General Manager, IDEO

    In conversation with ANGIE COIRO, Host, “Friday Forum,” KQED Radio
    Location: Club
    Time: 6:00

    Head of one of the world’s leading design firms, Kelley will explain the roles that people can play in an organization to foster creativity and use design thinking to transform their corporate culture. IDEO’S renowned multidisciplinary culture and process of innovation have given rise to the Apple mouse, the first laptop computer, the Palm V and hundreds of other standard setting designs. In 2005, the BusinessWeek named IDEO as one of the 20 most innovative companies in the world.

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