Chris Livaudais

Executive design director and creative leader.

A generalist with remarkable specialty

With a skillful mashup of product, service, and experiential design proficiency mixed with proven success in change management and executive level leadership, Chris is able to leverage a deep pool of practical knowledge in crafting and delivering human centered outcomes.









A master of process, breaker of convention


The creative process is messy, generally non-linear, and riddled with unknowns. Chris seamlessly blends methodologies and techniques from many creative disciplines into an agile and rigorous process built precisely for the challenge at hand.

A leader committed to collaboration


Piercing through difficult challenges and delivering insightful solutions requires an experienced guide along the entire project arch. Over the past 19 years Chris has partnered with organizations of all sizes, enabling cross-functional teams to do their best work and accomplish astonishing results. 

Selected projects

Museum of Design Atlanta 

"Design for Social Impact", an exhibition highlighting product and service solutions making a difference in communities across the globe.

Creative Direction  I  Exhibition Design  I  Fabrication

ReST Bed 

An entirely new sleep experience featuring a smart bed that actively monitors and responds to sleepers throughout the night.

Industrial Design  I  UX Design  I  Branding

Embraer X / Uber Elevate

Envisioning a new, passenger-centric urban aerial transportation service for a sustainable future.

Research  I  Strategy  I  Service Design



Executive Director, IDSA 

The Industrial Designers Society of America advances the practice of industrial design through education, information, community, and advocacy.

Advisor, The Design Futures Initiative

Non-profit organization supporting the Speculative Futures community and the annual PRIMER conference.

Chris is based in San Francisco, CA. 



Chris has thrived in a variety of roles within consultancy and in-house settings. With a deep-seated affinity for 'doing' over 'talking', he is responsible for the implementation of solutions across a wide array of industries such as transportation, food and beverage, and traditional retail.

Notable clients include:

BASF, Bridgestone Tire, Coca-Cola, Embraer X,
Philz Coffee, and Tempur-Pedic


When not in the office ...


Father of two, husband to one

Sandwich connoisseur

Outdoors & snowboarding

Bonsai enthusiast

Guitars & ukuleles

Vintage BMW's


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