Two professors set out to devise a class that taught students how to construct a lifestyle worth living, and ended up with one of the most popular courses ever taught at Stanford. They share their findings in Designing Your Life, a self-help book that doesn’t feel like a self-help book. Instead it feels like loose and customizable scaffolding for individuals to find meaningful work and relationships. This is a galvanizing weekend coffee-shop read, and one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read. Recommended By Connor M., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
#1 New York Times Bestseller
At last, a book that shows you how to build — design — a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage.
Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home — at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.
In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.
"An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University.... Perhaps the book’s most important lesson is that the only failure is settling for a life that makes one unhappy. With useful fact-finding exercises, an empathetic tone, and sensible advice, this book will easily earn a place among career-finding classics." Publishers Weekly
"This [is] the career book of the next decade and... the go-to book that is read as a rite of passage whenever someone is ready to create a life they love." David Kelley, Founder of IDEO
"Designing Your Life walks readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would. Experimentation. Wayfinding. Prototyping. Constant iteration. You should read the book. Everyone else will." Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive
About the Author
Bill Burnett is the executive director of the Design Program at Stanford.
Dave Evans is an adjunct lecturer in the Product Design Program at Stanford, a management consultant, and a co-founder of Electronic Arts