Tim's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Original Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Palo Alto, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: The Original Roadtrip

  • ON DVD:

TIM BROWN

CEO
IDEO

“I feel the most respect for people who keep searching. There are plenty of people who realize they are in the wrong thing and just keep looking.”

INTERESTS:

Art Design

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Inspiration Self-Reflection

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

inspiration, on track, respect, selling out, soul, unrealistic

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He grew up in England, where he went through the classical English school system.
  • From an early age, he was interested in fine arts.
  • When he told his advisors that he wanted to go to art school, they discouraged him, told him he'd never make any money.
  • He originally went to art school to study painting, but then he discovered industrial design.
  • Fell in love with design, and went on to do his graduate work at the Royal College of Art in London.
  • After school, he moved to San Francisco and joined what would become the precursor to IDEO.
  • He's been with IDEO since 1987, a rarity in this day and age, and a testament to the company's exciting culture.
  • Reminds road-trippers to follow their own dreams over others' advice; says your parents don't have to live with your career-you do.

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