Resources

  1. The Art of Innovation, by Tom Kelley. A good starting point if you’re new to modern design thinking.
  2. Change by Design, Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, as well as his TED Talk on the subject.
  3. Design Thinking for Educators, from IDEO, is similar in form and content to the Bootcamp Bootleg (see below), but offers language and activities specific to K-12 educators.
  4. IDEO: Design Thinking For Educators toolkit.
  5. HCD [Human-Centered Design] Connect, also from IDEO. This resource was designed for NGOs and social enterprises that work with impoverished communities but includes methods relevant to education as well. The free kit walks users through the human-centered design process and supports them in activities such as building listening skills, running workshops, and implementing ideas.
  6. IDEO’s Design Thinking for Educators website (includes a PDF toolkit for teachers).
  7. dt4e blog from Riverdale Country School & IDEO.
  8. Lucy Kimbell‘s comprehensive academic overview of design thinking’s history. A fellow at the Saad School of Business, Oxford University, Kimbell has archived many of her publications on her website.
  9. d.school virtual crash course, Stanford’s first stab at delivering the d.school experience at a distance.
  10. The Bootcamp Bootleg, the d.school’s compilation of materials used in the Design Thinking Bootcamp class.
  11. The d.school’s wallet project. This takes 1 hour to run, and the d.school even provides a facilitator’s guide.
  12. The d.school’s k12 wiki. These projects are mostly geared towards k12 teachers, but many would absolutely be appropriate for adults.
  13. Design Thinking Field Notes:Sketches and stories of design in practice.
  14. Taking Design Thinking to School” (PDF), project report from Stanford.
  15. Make Space, by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft. This is the d.school’s first book. If you’ve ever seen pictures of the d.school and wanted to know how you can make those whiteboards, where you can get those chairs, or just what you should be thinking about as you build out your offices, pick up a copy of this book.
  16. The Third Teacher. Like Make Space, this is a practical manual, but it’s less focused on interior setup and more on educational spaces in general.
  17. Rapid Viz, by Kurt Hanks and Larry Belliston. Here’s how to draw, fast and loose. Expressing your ideas visually is closely allied with rapid prototyping.
  18. 100 Things Every Designer Should Know About People, by Susan Weinschenk. This book compiles those psychology and behavior tidbits you’ve heard and written down because they seem like they might be relevant for some design, somewhere. Flip through it at a decision time in a project and let behavioral science and neuroscience guide you in the right direction.
  19. Storyviz.com corresponds to the popular d.school class Storytelling and Visual Communication.
  20. The kerning game is a quick and simple way to help you notice letter shapes. Try it out even if you have no idea what kerning is.
  21. Typography for Lawyers is a guide to elegant, readable, classy document design. Follow these guidelines and your handouts won’t make designers cringe.
  22. Edutopia’s Design Thinking Video Playlist, part of its Five Minute Film Festival series
  23. Teacher Resources on Design Thinking at Henry Ford Learning Institute
  24. Professional Development from dLab, the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education, at University of Kentucky’s College of Education.
  25. Project H Design, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education from within.
  26. ISKME’s Action Collabs, a series of design thinking workshops sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.
  27. Teaching Kids Design Thinking, So They Can Solve The World’s Biggest Problems,” by Trung Le, Fast Company Design
  28. Teaching and Learning through Design Thinking,” by Justin Reich, Education Week blogs
  29. Students For a Democratic Society: Student Power for Accessible Education Organizing Guide
  30. End The Race: The Homework Pledge Toolkit
  31. IDEA: What’s Happening at Your School? A Snapshot Evaluation
  32. SoundOut: Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to Students as Partners in School Change
  33. IDEA: Bringing Democratic Education to Your Classroom and School (Lesson Plan)
  34. IDEA: Introducing Democratic Education (Lesson Plan)
  35. IDEA: Education Library
  36. American Friends Service Committee: It’s My Life! A Guide to Alternatives After High School
  37. Buck Institute for Education: PBL DO-IT-YOURSELF – Guidance, Tools and Tips for Your Projects
  38. Design Thinking For Educators: context profession practice mindset
  39. Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills, plus 10 bonus challenges
  40. KnowledgeWorks and American Architectural FoundationReport From the National Summit on School Design: A Resource For Educators and Designers
  41. Collective Action Toolkit: Collective Action Toolkit from frog design is a package of resources and activities that enable groups to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community.
  42. Target Design K-12 Teacher Resource Packet: Developed by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, this PDF contains several resources on how to integrate design thinking connections into the K-12 classroom. It accompanies the free K-12 design workshops that the Cooper-Hewitt offers to all New York City schools.
  43. Etale.org’s 27 books to cultivate design thinking for educators. See the full list here.
  44. OER Commons Design Thinking for 11th Graders
  45. REDlab’s Research in Education &Design: REDlab was founded in 2009 to study the impact of design thinking in education. It grew from the Taking Design Thinking to Schools Project, which was funded by Stanford’s K-12 Initiative. It sparked a partnership between the Stanford School of Education and the d.school. The goal was to partner with local schools to explore the feasibility of design thinking as a new way to teach and learn.