Yesterday I attended a party to celebrate the establishment of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.

Bruce Nussbaum of Business Week already wrote a wonderful post about Plattner’s 35 million dollar gift, a post that David Kelley mentioned in his speech.

As Plattner pointed out during his speech, Nussbaum was essentially responsible for introducing him to IDEO when he got IDEO on the cover of Business Week in May 2004. That led to Plattner and David Kelley (a professor at Stanford and founder of IDEO) getting together, which eventually led to the gift.

The party was full of the usual suspects from Stanford’s Mechanical Engineering and HCI programs, as well as people from IDEO and students from Stanford. There were even a bunch a Stanford GSB students there, which I thought was cool.

The Institute is only offering certificates at this point, but I believe they’ll offer design degrees once their new space opens up in 2007.

There are some pictures from the event, including a few of my own, posted under the tag on flickr.

Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford