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==Work in industry==
Kelley began work as an engineer, first at [[Boeing]] and later at [[NCR Corporation|NCR]].<ref name="National Academy of Engineering" /> At Boeing, he was responsible for the design of the Lavatory Occupied sign for the 747 airplane.<ref name="School of Bright Ideas">{{cite news |url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1034705,00.html |title=School of Bright Ideas |work=[[Time Magazine]] |accessdate=2009-06-17 |date=2005-03-06}}</ref> 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 d.school website">{{cite web |url=http://dschool.stanford.edu/bio/david-kelley/ |title=David Kelley bio |work=Stanford d.school 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=http://www-sul.stanford.edu/mac/primary/interviews/kelley/hk.html |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=https://web.archive.org/web/20120920011810/http://www-sul.stanford.edu:80/mac/primary/interviews/kelley/hk.html |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=http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/cover/1994_Oct_26.COVER26.html |title=Free Willy? Free the engineers |work=Palo Alto Daily |accessdate=2009-06-17 |date=1994-10-26}}</ref> In 1991, Kelley merged DKD with three other design firms ([[Mike Nuttall]]'s Matrix Product Design in Palo Alto, ID TWO in San Francisco, and Moggridge Associates in London, the latter two founded by [[Bill Moggridge]]) to create IDEO, which he ran as [[CEO]] until 2000. As chairman and managing partner, Kelley continues to play an active role at IDEO.