The Life of David Kelley, According to His Shelves


(gentle music) – My Stanford office looks like this, my studio like this, my
living room looks like this, everything looks like this. Cubbies, I say, just full of stuff. This kind of clutter of
memories is emotional. (gentle music) Hello, I’m David Kelley. I used to be important around here. Here’s the very first prototype of a mouse that we made, it’s falling apart. The first ball was out of
a roll-on deodorant bottle, and the first cover was a yellow butter dish cover. This was the breakthrough from kind of an engineering point of view, a very complex part that
was injection molded and then all the other
parts just clipped in. This was the office phone system, and it had the employee list up here, these are all the employees, one, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight, nine, ten. I just, there’s so much stuff. I don’t know if you’ve
every seen the Jaminator. I wish it played. The whole idea is no matter
what you do, you’re great. I don’t think of myself as a collector. I just keep the stuff
that happens in my life. My mother started doing what she called “shopping in the basement.” I’m kind of in that same vein, which is I’m keeping
stuff that’s meaningful, so it’s pleasurable now, it’s going to be even more pleasurable as I get older. This is a three-inch wrench, you put your regular wrench
in here and you can do that. Cool, what else do we want to talk about? We were interviewing
these kids and we said what would you really like? Monster shoes. When the kids walked
around, they would have a little monster on
each one of their shoes. This is my wedding, a
picture of my wedding. So just think about who was in my wedding: Denny, Rickson, and Yurchenco, so the three first employees. This is David McMullen who was the CFO, this is Bill Moggridge who is the most-loved
person on the planet, and this is Bill Hill who was the Head of Graphic Design. So, you know, like IDEO was my life, I mean, there was no question. We just went through some stuff here and I went through all kinds of moods. You show me a picture of Bill Moggridge, I get choked up. I didn’t mean to do that. And so, anything, all these things have some meaning, right? But they’re not precious, you know? I mean, I want to have lots of memories, I want to have lots of emotions. If you have one thing
that’s really special and you put that on
the center of the thing and that’s all you have,
it’s one emotion, right? Whereas this is, you know, you can go anywhere you want. A typical Bauhaus person wouldn’t think this clutter was particularly appropriate, but it works for me. (gentle music)

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