Designing Your Life Fall 2018 Read

The Fall 2018 New Student Read features Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.

All new first year students will read Designing Your Life prior to Welcome Weekend. Themes from the book will be discussed during Welcome Weekend sessions; the read and related assignments will also be incorporated into the Fall Term ‘Wick 101 class for new first year students.

Designing Your Life Overview:

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.


“… the go-to book that is read as a rite of passage whenever someone is ready to create a life they love…”
—David Kelley, Founder of IDEO
 “An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University. . . . Perhaps the book’s most important lesson is that the only failure is settling for a life that makes one unhappy.”
Publishers Weekly

 Designing Your Life walks readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would. Experimentation. Wayfinding. Prototyping. Constant iteration. You should read the book. Everyone else will”
—Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive
 “The prototype for a happy life…Burnett and Evans show how to apply Stanford’s famous design principles to finding your place in the world…”
—NPR’s Brian Lehrer

Learn more about Designing Your Life and the authors:
Designing Your Life Book Trailer

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