Steven KlimekHi, I’m Steven.

I tell stories and guide teams to solve problems through human-centered design

This website will show you a few examples of what that means. I have a sister website, IDspiration, where I write regularly. I occasionally dive into random rabbit holes, but the content there typically hovers around the intersection of culture, design (systems), and psychology. Specifically, I love writing about EQ, leadership modeling, and the value of stretching our comfort zones. 


  • I’ve worked in 5 countries on 5 continents; currently in Tokyo by way of Virginia, California, New York, Dubai, Amsterdam and São Paulo.
  • Most of my work has focused on digital innovation (although I believe human-centered design can & should be applied anywhere on the org chart).
  • I’ve traveled to about 75 countries and flown more than 2.7 million miles (4.4 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).

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  • 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) & other children’s books.
  • 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 done work for.