About designbivouac

Designbivouac is the personal site of Danny Stillion.


Over the past 25 years, I have explored and delivered digital and physical products and services across a wide range of domains. I’ve built and mentored a variety of interdisciplinary teams and applied a human-centered approach grounded in design thinking to shape advanced consumer products, new interaction paradigms, medical devices and various aspects of transportation and mobility ecosystems. I am passionate about exploring future technologies and shaping how we interact with them as individuals and as a society at large.

I speak internationally about design thinking, interaction design and the future of mobility. For a sampling of work I have helped shaped, take a look at The Future of Automobility point of view piece with additional coverage in Wired and Bloomberg or explore the Work section via the menu to the left.


Competencies

Leading, mentoring and growing multidisciplinary teams. Identifying and envisioning future opportunity areas and delivering next-generation offerings across multiple industries. Building trust, consensus and relationships with colleagues and clients. Assisting clients with growing their creative capabilities through innovative process transfer. Creating provocative visions of possible futures to attract like-minded collaborators.

Education

Master of Product Design with Focus on New Media
North Carolina State University College of Design
1989 – 1992

Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art
Furman University
1985 – 1989

Notable Clients

BMW
Bosch
Caterpillar
Chase
Cisco
Ford
Google
Hyundai
Honda
Intel
Los Angeles County
Microsoft
Medtronic
Mercedes-Benz
SAP
Samsung
Steelcase
Toyota

Experience

IDEO
Partner, Executive Design Director
2014 – Present

Deep grounding in interaction design richly intersects with IDEO’s
digital, medical, advanced consumer product, design for mobility,
and future visualization work. Continuously shaping a wide variety of
innovative Human-Machine Interfaces and services. Working to ensure
IDEO’s digital offer remains at the forefront through pushing craft and attracting talent. Led IDEO’s The Future of Automobility series exploring how we might move people, things, spaces and together in the future.

IDEO
Associate Partner, Senior Design Director
2006 – 2014

Global position focused on pushing for digital design excellence in any business context. Mentored and nurtured interdisciplinary teams. Helped grow the interaction design discipline to be the largest at IDEO globally.

IDEO
Senior Interaction Designer
1996 – 2006

Worked with interdisciplinary teams to explore and deliver a wide range of physical and digital offerings in areas including early web presence, transportation, telecommunications, medical, consumer product, computer-supported group work environments and service innovation.

East Carolina University
Assistant Professor of Interactive Media,
Computer Related Design, and Videography.
1992 – 1995

Image Associates
Interaction Design Consultant
1992 – 1993

Isotechnologies
Senior User Interface Designer
1990 – 1991

Recognition

Award-winning work and perspective have been featured in the Museum
of Modern Art in New York, WIRED, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, The Atlantic, the Webby Awards, the IDEA Awards and has resulted in various patent awards. I speak internationally about the future of mobility, interaction design and design thinking.