Chris' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Original Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Palo Alto, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: The Original Roadtrip

  • ON DVD:

    The Open Road

CHRIS FLINK

Product Design
IDEO

“You have to find something that allows some piece of your soul—the part that you're passionate about—to participate. If you turn your back on that, you're setting yourself up for misery.”

INTERESTS:

Design

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Individualism Passion Goals Pressure

TAGS:

acceptance, approval, convincing others, dreaming, perspective, realistic, rock star, self belief, selling out, Stanford, unrealistic

BIOGRAPHY:

Chris chose to study product design at Stanford because it was the major that allowed him to postpone deciding what he wanted to focus on. While at Stanford, his advisor was David Kelly who was a professor of product design and also started IDEO, one of the leading product design firms in the world. David inspired Chris to try out the product design field, so Chris moved to New York to give it a shot. He would later come back to San Francisco to work with his old advisor at IDEO.

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