BILL BURNETT

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

DESIGNING YOUR LIFE: HOW TO BUILD A WELL-LIVED, JOYFUL LIFE

 

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.

Designing Your Life book cover

DESIGNING YOUR WORK LIFE: HOW TO THRIVE ON THE JOB BY MAKING IT WORK AT WORK

 

A job-changing, life-changing, company-changing, and culture-changing follow up from the authors of the #1 NY Times bestseller Designing Your Life, Designing Your Work Life shows

readers that you don’t have to be a passive cog in the work machine. You can use design thinking to design your dream job, drive value for your organization, and create work that is meaningful right where you are. A must read for everyone from the receptionist to the CEO. C-suite execs, middle managers, small business owners, team leaders, and human resource departments want engaged, productive, and happy employees and a healthier bottom line. Designing Your Work Life will transform the workplace and give hope to the 77% of people who either feel stuck—disliking or actually hating—their jobs, showing them that they can design their work life without having to dust off their resumes and start over.

Designing Your Work Life book cover

PRESS FEATURES & REVIEWS

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“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.”

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