Steven KlimekHi, I’m Steven.

I guide teams to solve problems through human-centered design

This website will show you a few examples of what that means, and I have a sister website, IDspiration, where I will occasionally publish new content. While I reserve the right to dive into any rabbit hole of my choosing, these typically hover around the intersection of culture, systems design and psychology. This means I talk quite often about things like EQ, second-order effects, adaptability, and the value of discomfort.


  • I’ve worked in 5 countries on 5 continents; currently in Tokyo by way of the mid-Atlantic, California, New York, Dubai, Amsterdam and São Paulo (fun fact: In Japan, my name is クリメク スティーブン).
  • Most of my work has been focused on digital innovation (although I believe human-centered design can be applied just about anywhere on the org chart).
  • I’ve traveled to about 75 countries and flown more than 2.6 million miles (4.2 million km). I still stare out the window for every takeoff and landing (and silently judge people who close the shade while we’re below the clouds).

I GEEK OUT ON Klimek Website Venn Diagram with Bitmoji

  • Don Norman (“A challenge to the designers of the world: Make signs unnecessary” 🤯).
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon (yes, my all-time favorite book was written for 5-year-olds).
  • Reframing problems (we so often scramble for technical optimizations without exploring psychological solutions that often turn out better).


  • EQ is the most valuable yet least recruited skill in the working world.
  • Fluency in human-centered design is as valuable as any kind of language (programming or otherwise).
  • Failing a business, getting fired from a job, being stranded abroad or facing some similar adversity will make anyone’s life richer by virtue of stretching their comfort zones.

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A list of companies I've worked for