Chris Bystrom is the Head of Studio, New York, for Idean, a global design collaborative dedicated to delivering the best possible user experience. With a strong multidisciplinary, multiculturally experienced team, Idean offers a diverse design portfolio covering various different platforms and devices from tablets to heavy-lifting industrial machinery. Our work revolves around extremely experienced artists working passionately
Chris Bystrom is the Head of Studio, New York, for Idean, a global design collaborative dedicated to delivering the best possible user experience. With a strong multidisciplinary, multiculturally experienced team, Idean offers a diverse design portfolio covering various different platforms and devices from tablets to heavy-lifting industrial machinery. Our work revolves around extremely experienced artists working passionately on what they believe in. We know how to turn your idea or current product into something awesome and easy-to-use. We make technology meaningful for people.
As the Head of Studio, New York, Chris is responsible for the overall health of the office, the work, the culture, the space and the talent. Idean was founded in 1999 in Finland. It is based in Palo Alto, California, with studios in Austin, Texas; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; New York, New York; and Helsinki and Tampere, Finland.
Chris has spent his career at the crossroads of design and technology, with a passion for entrepreneurial incubation and user-centric applied design at scale. He is at home in the co-creation of digital products and their ability to shift the everyday limits of the physical world for societal and cultural impact. He utilizes the immense power of technology and gives it a human form and deliberate function, one that can be built upon, adopted and elegant.
Although always shifting, adapting and learning, Chris will repeatedly fuse the creative and the open-ended with the operational and analytical, combining very different ways of thinking and acting. Solving problems through design.
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Head of Studio: New York @ Idean is a global design firm that works with the world’s leading companies, helping them to create long-lasting relationships with their customers, through truly enchanting and elegant experiences. The design firm which was founded in Finland in 1999 already works with a number of global brands including IBM, Volkswagen, Samsung, John Deere and Sony and has built a strong reputation across Europe, Asia and North America.
With a team of more than 150 designers, technologists and strategists, Idean is based in Palo Alto, California, with studios in Austin, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Helsinki & Tampere, Finland. From April 2015 to Present (9 months) Greater New York City AreaCo-Founder: Head of Business + Operations @ Advocate is a New York and San Francisco based technology company working to transform political engagement, specifically retool democracy. We are creating a completely new market connecting civilians with their elected officials to create new habits around always-on citizenship.
With an end goal to increase the accountability and transparency of government and provide the platform politicians use to connect with citizens and vise versa. From March 2015 to Present (10 months) Greater New York City AreaCo-Founder @ Human-Centric + Task-Driven Design
Imari is a collective of designers from diverse backgrounds that see the world in unique ways. It’s a place for creators, makers and entrepreneurial spirits to harness their passion to produce powerful digital products and business models. We are a nontraditional digital product design co-op that creates our own intellectual property and businesses and publishes impactful ideas to the world.
Imari operates as a nomadic, location-independent co-op of designers with a central force of gravity hovering over New York. We don't have any clients and build only what we believe in—products that will have societal impact or simply ideas we wish to explore on nights and weekends. From April 2014 to Present (1 year 9 months) Greater New York City AreaAssociate Partner @ From March 2011 to March 2015 (4 years 1 month) Greater New York City AreaConsultant, Digital Strategy & Design @ From July 2010 to March 2011 (9 months) Greater Chicago AreaDigital Project Manager @ From November 2007 to July 2010 (2 years 9 months) Greater Chicago Area
Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Emphasis in Strategic Communications @ University of Kansas From 2003 to 2007 Chris Bystrom is skilled in: Digital Strategy, Information Architecture, SEO, Account Management, Project Management, User Interface Design, Strategy, Brand Activation, Agile Methodologies, Brand Experience, Brand Expression, Usability Testing, Strategic Design, Product Development, Brand Development
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