Alastair Warren is a senior interaction designer and design strategist at IDEO in San Francisco.

I push pixels, write code, run research, manage clients, 3D model, hone brands, test business viability, and evolve strategy at the C-level. Currently I specialise in digital-physical experiences, deeply understanding users, and out-in-the-world prototyping.

Occasionally I write, mentor, and guest lecture.



I lead interaction design in projects internally and embedded with clients abroad. I like to stay hands-on to build product.

I’ve run customer service prototypes in Montreal, launched a startup in Australia, built car interfaces in Chicago, hosted workshops in London, and impacted government in Singapore and Washington DC.

I also hold the IDEO donut/run relay record.


Selected Studies
(ages ago)

At Umeå Institute of Design I tightly wove together digital and physical design. Nowadays my work is mostly digital.

Health Loop— making outdoor gyms approachable, appealing, and effective (2014)

Neonook— pioneering biorhythm-based improvements to neonatal care (2013)

Breathe.Easy— enabling lifestyle through asthma prevention and mitigation (2011)



My public work has been acclaimed worldwide.

Many of the leading industry organisations have recognised my work across both interaction and industrial design.


Advising and Teaching

I enjoy giving back and pushing my skills through speaking, mentoring, and advising.

Guiding Students— I’ve mentored at the Standford, helped with project critiques at CCA, and given talks on careers in design. I've also advised the winning team in a financial-inclusion app competition.


Writing—Future Foresight

In seeking to improve my foresight skills I’ve developed and published visions of San Francisco in 2028 with IDEO.


A Few Words on Me

Design, adventure, thought. I’ve lived in 6 countries and now call San Francisco home.

I once biked 2100km across France with a hammock and zero experience. It was amazing.

I speak Spanish and German poorly, and Swedish even more poorly. And no French (see previous).

On an embedded project in Australia I joined a dance school and discovered bachata and salsa. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I’m an early bird. 4am early if we’re talking fresh snow or empty waves. Otherwise, 6am will do fine.