Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You

Author(s): Bill Burnett; Dave Evans

Self Help

A well-designed life means a life well-lived.

Whether you're 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, 'What do I want to be when I grow up?'


The phenomenally successful Life Design course, devised by Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, 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 lots of 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.

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"A gem amid self-help dross... The authors make the case that design skills such as reframing, prototyping and brainstorming can help us make better career and life choices, or undo bad choices before they do more harm. One idea: keep a diary noting how much you enjoy each task - and think about how to do more of the tasks you love" -- Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist * Financial Times * "You're going to learn how to find a fulfilling career. You're going to learn how to better navigate life's big-moment decisions and kill your "wicked problems" dead... Design thinking, as rendered in the book, is about treating life in a more improvisational way. It's a welcome counterbalance to the data-driven, engineering mind-set gripping the culture. Follow Mr. Burnett's and Mr. Evans's teachings, and the anxiety-ridden process of decision making suddenly seems more playful. Their method is experiential and accepts that failure is part of the process" * New York Times * "Their philosophy is that by applying a Silicon Valley-tested design approach, we can all build lives that will suit us better - regardless of our age... I sketched my own plans, which unearthed dreams I'd never really articulated, or hadn't thought about in over a decade. I drew an alternative life, in which I would work with photographers at a gallery or an art publisher. The process gave me an ego boost - maybe I'm not a one-trick pony - and filled me with a sense of possibility that reminded me of being a kid" -- Hattie Crisell * Pool * "Life has questions. They have answers" * New York Times * "A Designing Your Life class has become one of Silicon Valley's most popular courses... Two academic studies have now proved its ability to cut anxiety on the career front and help people each their goals whatever their age... Crucially, your life is not a problem to be solved. It's an experience, and the fun comes from designing it" -- Christina Patterson * Daily Mail *

Bill Burnett (Author) 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 (Author) Dave Evans is the Co-Director of the Stanford Life Design Lab and holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. Early in his career he worked for Apple, where 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

  • : 9781784701178
  • : penguin random house
  • : Arrow
  • : December 2017
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 650.1
  • : 240
  • : Bill Burnett; Dave Evans