Our team

“We couldn’t be more different, except for our shared values. And that makes working together enjoyable.”

Chris Flink

Chris Flink

Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford d.school

Chris is one of the d.school’s founding faculty members, an active part of our teaching team, and an enthusiastic contributor to our cultural and strategic leadership.

Because his parents ran a small graphic design and branding firm in New York City, Chris grew up amidst foam boards, Exacto knives, obsessive typography, and traditional design disciplines. However, his various experiences at Stanford have nurtured an ever-expanding view of what it can mean to be a designer. Degrees from Stanford’s Engineering/Product Design program and from its Graduate School of Business, as well as years of collaborative teaching, have helped him develop a broad, integrative approach to creative opportunities that blends design, engineering and business perspectives.

He has taught courses such as “Advanced Product Design” and “Human Values in Design” since 1999. In 2011, he co-taught the popular “Brands, Experience, & Social Technology” (BEST) course, followed by “Social Brands” in 2012 — both in collaboration with Professor Jennifer Aaker. He’s actively involved with Executive Education programs such as “Customer Focused Innovation” (CFI) and “Bootcamp”, and has also guest lectured on the strategic application of design thinking at Wharton and Columbia Business Schools.

Chris is a partner at IDEO where, over more than 15 inspired years, he has played a variety of roles, from heading the firm’s Consumer Experience Design practice to co-founding its New York office. His teaching leverages nearly twenty years of experience helping companies of all kinds innovate and grow.

Prior to IDEO, Chris designed and patented products as an independent inventor and sought activities for which excessive creativity or physical height offered some kind of notable advantage.  A proud father, Chris devotes most of his free time to conspiring with his daughters. Their latest scheme aims to distribute their art via a national network of repurposed cigarette vending machines.

Who’s here in 2016-2017

Our Broader Network

These superstars have been a part of our teaching teams, fellows, staff or founding team. They continue to do amazing work at Stanford and in the world.

  • Abby King
  • Adam French
  • Alex Kazaks
  • Alex Ko
  • Amal Aziz
  • Anja Svetina-Nabergoj
  • Anne Fletcher
  • Anne Gibbon
  • Barry Katz
  • Ben Grossman-Kahn
  • Brett Westervelt
  • Brian Witlin
  • Brit D'Arbeloff
  • Caitria O'Neill
  • Carly Geehr
  • Carol Winograd
  • Caroline O'Connor
  • Carr Wilkerson
  • Charlie Ellinger
  • Claudia Kotchka
  • Colter Leyes
  • Corey Ford
  • Corina Yen
  • Dan Bomze
  • Daniel Steinbock
  • David Klaus
  • Elizabeth Gerber
  • Emily Ma
  • Enrique Allen
  • Erica Estrada
  • Erika Basu
  • Erin Liman
  • Eugene Korsunskiy
  • Evelyn Huang
  • Fred Leichter
  • Gayle Curtis
  • Guido Kovalskys
  • James Monsees
  • Jason Chua
  • Jason Conroy
  • Jenny Stefanotti
  • Jim Ratcliffe
  • Joe Brown
  • Joel Sadler
  • Jofish Kaye
  • John Keefe
  • John Kembel
  • John Lilly
  • Jules Sherman
  • Kerry O’Connor
  • Kim Jacobson
  • Kim Saxe
  • Kris Woyzbun
  • Krista Donaldson
  • Larry Leifer
  • Lia Siebert
  • Lochlann Jain
  • Maryanna Rogers
  • Matt Haney
  • Maureen Caroll
  • Meg Lee
  • Mel Lee
  • Micah Lande
  • Michael Shanks
  • Mike Levinthal
  • Molly Wilson
  • Nat Woyzbun
  • Neema Moraveji
  • Nitzan Waisberg
  • Olga Trusova
  • Peter Rubin
  • Peter Sims
  • Purin Phanichphant
  • Rich Crandall
  • Sandy Speicher
  • Scott Klemmer
  • Susan Hosking-Ramos
  • Tammy Goodall
  • Taylor Cone
  • Uri Geva
  • Wendy Ju
  • Yusuke Miyashita