Robin Hayashi

Design Lead

Robin is a Design Lead in IDEO.org’s San Francisco office. Equal parts communications designer and design strategist, she continuously pushes teams, partners, and herself towards design excellence. Her work often focuses on moving towards gender equality, whether through designing access to reproductive health for teens or giving women equal access to financial services. She infuses the design process with playfulness, and she believes that for every three hours talking, you should spend one hour making.

Prior to joining IDEO.org in 2015, Robin served as a graphic designer at MIT. Before switching to the social sector, Robin hopped around small design studios, developing packaging, brand design, and her claim to fame: CD packaging for the band Lake Street Dive. A tried and true east-coaster, Robin received her BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

You can find her with a jar of peanut butter in hand, sipping a cup of malty Yunnan tea, coming up with several excuses not to attend a social event.

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