David Kelley

Academic; Writer; Executive / Product Design / United States / IDEO; d.school, Stanford University

David Kelley’s Book List

When I look over this list as a whole, I realize these were the books that trained my mind for design thinking. Through them, I found my design heroes, and they inspired me to retool my brain to be a more perceptive organ. Each one, in its own way, taught me how to approach the world with more empathy and an intrepid spirit of play. My life and work would have taken a very different path had I not read them.

3 books
James L. Adams

Unlike any other book, this gave me the permission to think differently and to be different. It breaks down the mechanics of creative thought and offers games and exercises that help you tackle challenges.

Robert H. McKim

This book is the beating heart of the Stanford design project methodology. We use it liberally to help students improve their power of perception.

Don Koberg
Jim Bagnall

Published in way back in 1971, this book was the blueprint for design thinking years before IDEO practiced it, and is still the best design methodology book I know of. 

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