Why we love this book:
Bernie Roth draws from his decades of experience at Stanford University – from being a well-known Professor of Engineering with a focus on Robotics and Kinematics to his current tenure as Academic Director of the d.school – to bring to life this informative and practice-oriented look at Design Thinking as a personal empowerment tool.
Written in colorful, Californian English, the book is a literary pleasure. It calls on its readers to see aspects of our lives not as fixed, but rather as opportunities for interpretation and change, and thus to live life in a fundamentally action-oriented way. To support this, the book offers the reader many practical exercises that have been inspired by and drawn from the Design Thinking approach and courses of the D-School.
We know Bernie Roth to be a driving and inspirational forces behind the Design Thinking movement because of our long-time collaboration with him via the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program, but that’s not the only reason we like this book. It inspires us because it shows the kinds of brilliant changes Design Thinking, or more specifically the spirit of design thinking, can enable in a learning and teaching context. Furthermore, the book offers many answers to the fleeting question “what can design thinking do for you”?