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Selective books listed by Stanford’s dSchool for Design Thinking

March 11, 2017

One can’t learn design thinking principle without practicing it, but there are a set of books by the practitioners themselves that introduce us to the design process they follow. If you want to deepen your understanding of design thinking process and application, here’s a selective list of books recommended by Stanford or d.School faculty.

Innovation Process

The Art of Innovation, by Tom Kelley*

Insight Out, by Tina Seelig*

Change by Design, Tim Brown

Design Thinking, by Nigel Cross

Design In Your Company

Creative Confidence, by Tom & David Kelley*

The Designful Company, by Marty Neumeier

The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage, by Roger Martin

Thinking in Systems, Donella Meadows

Managing Innovation

Weird Ideas That Work, by Robert Sutton*


Wired to Care, by Dev Patnaik*


Exposing the Magic of Design, by Jon Kolko


Rapid Viz, by Kurt Hanks and Larry Belliston


Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration, by Scott Witthoft and Scott Doorley*

Design in Education

The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning, by Cannon Design, VS Furniture, and Bruce Mau Design

Design as a Personal Practice

The Achievement Habit, by Bernard Roth*

Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans*


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