Bill Burnett

Bill Burnett is the executive director of the Design Program at Stanford University. He got his BS and MS in Product Design at Stanford and has worked professionally on a wide variety of projects ranging from award-winning Apple PowerBooks to the original Hasbro Star Wars action figures. In addition to his duties at Stanford, he is on the board of D2M, a product design consultancy, Dalson Energy, an alternative energy company focused on developing biomass gasification energy systems for small-scale municipalities, and advises several Internet start-up companies.

Book titles in collaboration with Idea Architects

  • Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
  • Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive on the Job by Making it Work at Work

Press Features & Reviews

"Doug Abrams, our agent, book co-inventor, idea architect, publishing industry tour guide, honest friend, and all around great collaborator. It’s safe to say that without Doug this book wouldn’t have happened. After our first failed attempt at writing a draft that was essentially a boring script of our class, we knew we needed help. Doug became our book design consultant and led the effort to figure out what book it really was that we had to offer the world and how to architect it well for our reader. Doug the book designer taught us what a book was. Then Doug the agent swung into action, dropped the velvet rope into the publishing world and said, “Follow me guys - get ready for the ride of your life.” It’s been a great ride so far and we can’t wait to see what comes next."
--coauthors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

It’s been a great ride so far and we can’t wait to see what comes next."