Design Ideation merges the rhythm of design thinking with a developed understanding of human behavior to make inspiration the driver for design and education. Inspiration by Design is the inspirational products storefront for Design Ideation. Located in the historic Grand Garage the storefront puts the art of inspiration on display with an active design Studio, an inspirational products Gallery and a venue for small group inspirational, educational and corporate Events.

Design Ideation Studio

Design Ideation offers design consulting for Architecture, Graphic Design and Product Design. Design Ideation also researches, designs, develops and produces inspirational products that are made available for retail sale inside and outside the Inspiration by Design Gallery. The Gallery features “Orange Buffalo” educational materials such as Notebooks, Sketchbooks, Inspiration Pads, Dry Erase Pads, etc. For the adventurer there is “Outdoor Performance Systems”, a Design Ideation brand that features outdoor products and accessories.  The majority of the products that are offered in the Gallery were created in the Design Ideation Studio.

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Inspiration by Design Gallery

The Inspiration by Design Gallery is an on-demand gallery that features a representative inventory of Inspirational Arts such as Gallery Wraps, Fine Art Prints and Educational Materials. Included are works of photographic arts and graphic arts created by Design Ideation visual art professionals. We also design

Our Environments™ Program

Located in downtown Stillwater Minnesota our Inspiration By Design studio space offers an ideal environment for collaboration and design. We design experiences. We put decades of architectural and interior design experience to work for our clients and their residential, retail, commercial, educational and institutional projects. We approach each project as though we are designing a complete and intuitive experience whether for a new building, interior space or the artwork within.


Architecture is where it all begins. With completed building projects valued at more than a billion dollars, we are able to leverage extensive experience and offer architectural design consulting for commercial, retail, health care, educational and institutional projects. The architectural palette of space, form and movement initiate the spirit and style of an environment.

Interior Design

Inspiration comes to life in the spaces where we live, work and play. Interior design is where animate the spaces with palettes of color, pattern and texture. In part, the design of the interior space follows the lead established by the architecture. It also sets the stage for the furnishings, furniture and artwork.


Our On-Demand Gallery is just the beginning of how we can help you design your space. We have access to millions of inspirational images and works of art covering all subjects and palettes. Once we discover the perfect works for your space we can apply them to just the right materials such as canvas, metal, acrylic, etc.

Our Palettes™ Gallery program we connect to millions of artist’s lightboxes and design the artwork for our clients spaces. There is no limit to the imagination and inspiration we can design into your space.

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Design Ideation | Inspiration by Design Events

We are unique in the way we have packaged design thinking and behavioral intelligence to be beneficial to just about every business and personal objective. We help our business clients grow organically, with leadership and education.

Educational Events:  At Design Ideation we turn complexity into simplicity and teach our clients a new way to think about and solve problems. We train individuals and professionals how to utilize design thinking and behavioral intelligence to become more efficient and better at what they do. The primary areas of focus for the educational events that are hosted in our Grand Garage venue include Design Thinking, Leadership Development and Performance Enhancement.

Corporate Events:  Inspiration by Design offers themed corporate events in a relaxing, inspirational small group venue. Choose from our library of inspirational/educational event themes or we will work with you to design the inspirational event of your liking. Design Thinking, Creativity, Ideation and Photography are just a few themes. We can even put together and Adventure theme for those who really want to stretch the behavioral boundaries.

Inspiration is our business. Design thinking is our passion. We have turned decades of design experience and years of process and product development into an award winning approach and a bright future for our clients. We will teach you to walk, then run, then fly above the pack.

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Design Ideation | Inspiration by Design
324 S Main St. Stillwater, MN 55042 :: Established 2007