The best way to learn about design thinking is to do it, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out some of the books that help contextualize what we do.
If you want to deepen your understanding of design thinking process and application, here’s a book list to get you started. We’re being selective, not exhaustive, here – think of it as the “staff favorites” section in your local bookstore.
Link to d.school Reading List
George Kembel’s “d.school Operator’s Handbook” lies somewhere between a manual and manifesto.
It was created in 2007 as content for a strategy session at the then nascent d.school. Within its hand-drawn pages is an outline of the guiding principles behind the d.school philosophy and an early map of the workings of the organization.
The “d.school Operators Handbook” is a peek into our early history & thinking and as an example of how big ideas can start with broad sketches.
Link to download the Handbook
The d.school is a hub for innovators at Stanford. Students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences, and education find their way here to take on the world’s messy problems together. Human values are at the heart of the d.school collaborative approach. They focus on creating spectacularly transformative learning experiences. Along the way, their students develop a process for producing creative solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle. This is the core of what the Stanford d.school do.