A vibrant, illustrated resource of captivating and practical ways to help you bring creative approaches to any challenge you face, from Stanford University’s world-renowned d.school.
Filled with ideas about the art of learning, discovery, and leading the way through unknown creative territory, plus memorable stories and innovative assignments, this provocative and highly visual manual is a definitive resource for people who choose curiosity in the face of uncertainty.
Creative Acts for Curious People contains more than eighty assignments hand-picked from the d.school’s history by executive director Sarah Stein Greenberg from some of the world’s most inventive and unconventional minds, including d.school and IDEO founder David Kelley, Readymade magazine founder Grace Hawthorne, innovative choreographer Aleta Hayes, Google chief innovation evangelist Frederik Pferdt, and more.
Exercises like Expert Eyes test your observation skills, How to Talk to Strangers fosters understanding, and Designing Tools for Teams builds creative leadership. The assignments are at once lighthearted, surprising, tough, and impactful—and reveal the hidden dynamics of design including learning, feeling, making, exploring, experimenting, and collaborating.
About the Contributors
Sarah Stein Greenberg is the Executive Director of the Stanford d.school. She leads a community of designers, faculty, and other innovative thinkers who help people unlock their creative abilities and apply them to the world. Sarah speaks regularly at universities and global conferences on design, business, and education. She holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in history from Oberlin College. Sarah also serves as a trustee for global conservation organization Rare.
The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, known as the d.school, was founded at Stanford University in 2005. Each year, nearly a thousand students from all disciplines attend classes, workshops, and programs to learn how the thinking and skills behind design can enrich their own work and unlock their creative potential.
Trade Paperback | 304 pages