Designing Your Life: Build a Life That Works for You

Author(s): Bill Burnett


Whether we're 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' In Designing Your Life, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want - and how to get it. Their phenomenally successful Life Design course has been tried and tested by thousands of people, from students to mid-career professionals to retirees contemplating a whole new future. Now in book form for the first time, their simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools to create a life that will work for you. Using real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you will learn how to build your way forwards, step-by-positive-step, to a life that's better by a design of your own making. Because a well-designed life means a life well-lived.


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This really works! In book form for the fist time, the simple, scientifically proven method that has already changed thousands of lives

"There is no design problem more challenging than figuring out what we are going to do with our life ... Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are bringing their powerful insights to readers everywhere to help them create a productive and happy life ... This [is] the career book of the next decade and ... 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 the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford "Bill Burnett and Dave Evan's wisdom will bring immense fulfillment, accomplishment, and happiness to all who read and apply it to their lives" -- Laura Arrillaga Andreessen, Founder Chairman Emeritus of SV2 "The go to book for young adults ready to create a life they love" -- Nicole Taylor; Executive Director, Thrive Foundation for Youth "In business, we have lots of ways of helping people become better leaders, managers and entrepreneurs in designing more effective enterprises. It's shocking in contrast how little help we give people in designing their lives. Design thinking at Stanford is making major contributions in many fields and Burnett and Evans have finally extended it to empower individuals to do "life design." It's about time-I recommend it highly" -- John Christensen; President, Foresight first, Inc "Imagine a conversation between Vaclav Havel and Steve Jobs-the playwright-become-politician who drew on an older wisdom about the good life lived in the modern world, and the iconic visionary who worked his dreams into the marketplace of the 21st-century-and you begin to get some sense of the importance of Designing Your Life. Playful and serious at the same time, the authors have drawn on years of working in the design world of Silicon Valley and years of teaching at Stanford University to invite us into an honest conversation about forming a well-lived life" -- Steven Garber, The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture

Bill Burnett is the Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford. 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 Star Wars action figures. He holds a number of mechanical and design patents, and design awards for a variety of products including the first 'slate' computer. Dave Evans is the Co-Director of the Stanford Life Design Lab and holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. When he accepted an invitation early in his career to work for Apple, he led the mouse-design team and introduced laser printing to the masses. He then helped found the pioneering video games developer Electronic Arts.

General Fields

  • : 9781784740245
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Chatto & Windus
  • : November 2016
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2016
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bill Burnett
  • : Paperback
  • : 1611
  • : 650.1
  • : 240