Scott's Bio

Scott Yu


Over the course of his career as a product designer, Scott has always worked with three criteria in mind: low to no production waste, low energy consumption, and long product life.

Whether it was at Ford, Peugeot or Volvo -- where his work on Citroen’s ECO 2000, a research vehicle, delivered an unheard of 90 mpg – Scott has always made the environment a priority.

Scott was first drawn to the lighting business at a time when it had yet to take seriously the imperatives of sustainability. He found LEDs to be an ideal platform for transforming the industry and, with Vode, an home where his ethos of doing more with less was championed.

Prior to Vode, Scott co-founded San Francisco-based Gingko Design and led the firm in winning numerous awards, including IDEA, CES, iF, Good Design, ID Magazine and Singapore Design.

A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, Scott was the youngest manager at Ford, overseeing its Small Car Studio, developing global platforms and designs.

In his free time, Scott is a tinkerer, remodeling his house toward net-zero energy. He’s also a devoted cyclist - counting Mt. Tam and Marin headlands among his favorite trails – as well as a paraglider, the result of his life-long passion for non-motor-assisted flight.


“Vode is always challenging the status quo to find creative and cognitive solutions to meet people’s lighting needs. As Thomas Friedman once said, ‘The average is officially over’ – and that’s where Vode Lighting comes in.”
– Scott Yu