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David M. Kelley

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This experience led him to return to school. In 1977, he earned his master's degree from the [[Stanford Joint Program in Design|Joint Program in Design]] at [[Stanford University]], popularly called the Product Design program.<ref name="Stanford website">{{cite web |url= |title=David Kelley bio |work=Stanford website |accessdate=2012-07-31}}</ref>
In 1978, he partnered with another Stanford Product Design graduate, Dean Hovey, to form Hovey-Kelley Design. Hovey left to pursue other interests and the firm was renamed "David Kelley Design" (DKD).<ref name="Making the Macintosh 2">{{cite web |url= |title=David Kelley interview – Founding Hovey-Kelley |work=Making the Macintosh: Technology and Culture in Silicon Valley |accessdate=2012-09-01 |date=2000-07-24 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl= |archivedate=2012-09-20 |df= }}</ref>
In 1984, he co-founded Onset Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. He also co-founded Edge Innovations, the special-effects company responsible for the whales in the ''[[Free Willy]]'' movies, among many other film credits.<ref name="Free Willy? Free the engineers">{{cite news |url= |title=Free Willy? Free the engineers |work=Palo Alto Daily |accessdate=2009-06-17 |date=1994-10-26}}</ref>
In 2005, he was recognized for his "distinguished contribution to design education" with the Sir Misha Black Medal.<ref name="Sir Misha Black Medal">{{cite web |url= |title=Sir Misha Black Medal list of recipients |accessdate=2012-07-27}}</ref>
In 2001, the [[Smithsonian]]'s [[Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum]] presented David Kelley and IDEO with the [[National Design Award]] in Product Design.<ref name="National Design Award">{{cite web |url= |title=Cooper-Hewitt: IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection |accessdate=2012-07-27 |date=2005-12-05 }}{{dead link|date=December 2016 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}</ref>
In 2000, he was honored with a [[Chrysler Design Award]],