Chris Livaudais

Executive design director and creative leader.


A generalist with remarkable specialty

My work leverages a deep pool of practical knowledge, gained through 20+ years of professional design experience, in crafting and delivering human centered outcomes.


I've acquired a potent mashup of product, service, and experiential design proficiency blended with proven success in change management and executive level leadership across a variety of touchpoints and business sectors.

The creative process is messy, generally non-linear, and riddled with unknowns.


I've learned how to seamlessly blend methodologies and techniques from many different creative disciplines into an agile, yet rigorous process, tailored precisely for the challenge at hand.

My approach is hands-on, iterative, and always focused on delivering something that is better than the sum of its parts.


A master of process, breaker of convention


A leader committed to collaboration

Piercing through difficult challenges and delivering insightful solutions requires an experienced guide along the entire project arch.


More importantly, it also requires input from a diverse gallery of viewpoints and perspectives.


I've been fortunate to have partnered with organizations of all sizes, enabling cross-functional teams to do their best work and accomplish astonishing results. 



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.

Based in San Francisco, CA. 



I have thrived in a variety of roles within consultancy and in-house settings. With a deep-seated affinity for 'doing' over 'talking', I've been responsible for the implementation of solutions across a wide array of industries such as transportation, food and beverage, retail, and non-profit communities.

Notable clients include:

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



~ Leadership ~

Team building & culture

Individual mentoring & guidance

Change management & strategies

Process & operations

~ Design ~

Creative facilitation & ideation

Concept visualization & story telling

Research & validation

Prototyping & production


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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