Design Thinking Resources For Practitioners

We get questions on books, papers, and other ‘how-to-get-started-with-design-thinking (DT)’ resources over and over. Thus we decided to compile this little page with the most influential and helpful practitioner material we currently know. For that we asked our circle of colleagues within the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program, long-term DT practitioners from the DTX, as well as some colleagues from other universities. There can be no claim of completeness and we left out many works of authors and colleagues, which we love and often recommend on other occasions. You have feedback? There is a great resource we have overlooked? Feel free, to drop us a line.

Essential Readings — A Collection

ResourceThe title of the paper, study or book AuthorsJust click on the author to jump to the reference and source of the reference Reading TimeHow long will it approx. take you to read this text? Type of Publication BFor Design Thinking Beginners AFor Advanced Design Thinkers EFor Design Thinking Experts
Design Thinking < 1 day Business Press Article For Design Thinking Beginners Less For Advanced Design Thinkers Less For Design Thinking Experts
Innovation as a Learning Process: Embedding Design Thinking < 1 day Journal Paper For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
Design Thinking: What It Is, Why It Is Different, Where It Has New Value. < 1 day Paper For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers Less For Design Thinking Experts
Design Thinking: Notes on its Nature and Use. < 1 day Journal Paper For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers Less For Design Thinking Experts
Framing Design Thinking: The Concept in Idea and Enactment. < 1 day Journal Paper For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
The Innovation Catalysts < 1 day Business Press Article For Design Thinking Beginners Less For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
Design Thinking: Past, Present and Possible Futures < 1 day Journal Paper Not For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
Design Thinking and How It Will Change Management Education: An Interview and Discussion < 1 day Journal Paper For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers Less For Design Thinking Experts
Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation > 1 day Book For Design Thinking Beginners Less For Advanced Design Thinkers Less For Design Thinking Experts
The Design of Business – Roger Martin > 1 day Book For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers Less For Design Thinking Experts
Exposing the Magic of Design: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Methods and Theory of Synthesis. > 1 day Book Not For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
Creative Confidence > 1 day Book For Design Thinking Beginners Less For Advanced Design Thinkers Less For Design Thinking Experts
Parts Without a Whole? – The Current State of Design Thinking Practice in Organizations > 1 day Study Report Not For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life > 1 day Book For Design Thinking Beginners Less For Advanced Design Thinkers Less For Design Thinking Experts
The Nature of Design Thinking < 1 day Conference Article For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
Wicked Problems in Design Thinking < 1 day Journal Article Less For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
Design-Thinking-Diskurse: Bestimmung, Themen, Entwicklungen. > 1 day Doctoral Thesis (German Only) Not For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
Manifesto: Design Thinking Becomes Foundational. < 1 day Book Chapter For Design Thinking Beginners For Advanced Design Thinkers For Advanced Design Thinkers
Design Thinking Live > 1 day Book For Design Thinking Beginners Less For Advanced Design Thinkers Less For Design Thinking Experts

Legend: B = Beginner / A = Advanced / E = Expert

Advanced Readings

The Springer Series: “Understanding Innovation”

Within the Design Thinking Research Program (DTRP), researchers from Stanford University and HPI strive to apply rigorous academic methods to understand how and why design thinking innovation works and fails. The research results from the different DTRP projects are annually published in the Springer volume “Understanding Innovation”. The reader gains insights into the latest scientific findings about factors of success, tools and methods of design thinking. If you want to dig deeper, this series is for you.

The Rotman Magazine                            

The Rotman Magazine is the official publication of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. They publish three themed issues per year. Content includes input from Rotman faculty; leading academics at top-tier schools, and thought leaders across a range of fields, including Design Thinking, Psychology, Consulting, Behavioural Economics, and Neuroscience. The magazine is hard to categorize as it appeals to novices and advanced innovation practitioners and learners of Design Thinking alike.

Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research

The Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research (ECDTR) is a forum for the rapid and widespread interchange of ideas, methods, and results in Design Thinking Research. The purpose of the forum is to use electronic media for scientific communication and discussions in the Design Thinking Research community. It encompasses papers, short notes and surveys with relevance to Design Thinking Research and innovative solutions to Design Thinking research challenges with an interdisciplinary focus.

What Other DT-Experts Recommend

Here are some additional and handy lists with literature and tool kit recommendations from other design thinking experts. Enjoy!

Discussion Forums & Communities

You have urgent questions? You’re looking for like-minded peers? Or you just want to follow the latest buzz on the topic? Then you might like these forums ans discussion groups:


Collections of Tool and Method Kits



A Compendium of Design Process Models

Dubberly Office: “How do you design – A compendium of models” gives a great overview on the most common models of design, innovation and creativity.


Stanford Bootcamp Bootleg

A handy collection of basic tools and methods that are taught at the d.schools in Stanford and Potsdam.


Creative Confidence Tool Collection

A handy collection of basic tools and methods as recommended by the founder of IDEO, David Kelley.



Google Ventures Design Resources

A collection of best practices on team work,design research, the organization of design sprints and many topics more. All with a focus on start-ups.



Intuit Labs

Intuit is a company, which has undergone a massive cultural change guided by design thinking and lean start-up principles. Here they share some of their stories and methods.



SAP Design Thinking Playbook

The design thinking and Ux community at SAP also regularly publishes resources on their user experience community site.



IDEO Design (Method) Kit

The IDEO HCD Method Kit is a classic and invaluable resource for any ‘design thinker’. It encompasses a basic set of design tools, rules and methods one can use in everyday (business) life.



FROG Collective Action Method Kit

The FROG Collective Action Tool Kit is geared towards local change agents who want to transform communities. Nevertheless the methods can be used in many other contexts, too.



HPI Prototyping Cards

The Prototyping Card Set from the HPI Potsdam guides design thinking novices in building the ‘right prototype’ in every situation. The cards can be downloaded or ordered at Amazon.



IDEO Design Thinking For Educators Kit

The IDEO Design Thinking For Educators Kit is geared towards the needs of those K12 schools and teachers, who believe that a design thinking mindset should be developed from very early days on.



The IIT.ID Methods Collection: 101 Design Methods

This book is one of those rare gems, where you might say: It’s the only one I’ll ever need. Decades of IIT’s experience with design and strategy (modeling) methods crammed into 336 pages. Presented by Vijay Kumar, professor in Strategic Design Planning and the Design Methods programs of IIT.ID.



The Circular (Economy) Design Guide

How can we as leaders, designers, and strategists factor in the limits of growth into our work? This guide and tool-set helps you incorporate a Circular Economy perspective when developing your ‘next’ truly sustainable product-service system or business model. Brought to you by Ellen McArthur Foundation and IDEO.



GOV.UK Service Toolkit

Not only useful to people in the UK government. The toolkit from the GDS brings together all the things that are available to help teams building government services. So, administrations of the world: Take note!



Universal Methods of Design

Another great collection of design methods. Especially recommended to beginners, to gain a quick overview.



Brains, Behaviour, and Design Toolkit

A toolkit, derived from research into behavioural economics. It helps you to make use of peoples typical thinking and behaviour pattern biases and nudge them into certain desired behaviours accordingly.


IBM Design Thinking Field Guide

IBM Design Thinking Field Guide

The public version of the IBM Design Thinking Field Guide introduces its readers to IBM’s take on design thinking and how they adapted and merged the approach with agile practices.

LUMA Method Cards

LUMA Method Cards

The category system of the LUMA method cards is simple yet clever. Great for planning and organizing project work with first time clients or teams, who are not savvy yet in using HCD methods.

SAP Scenes

SAP Scenes

Scenes is a storyboard creation set. You can build products and service scenarios fast, collaboratively and iteratively — without the need of refined drawing skills.


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Design Thinking-related Podcasts

If you are more the listener kind of person you might like this little collection of design (thinking) podcasts.

Innovate By Design: Design Thinking Scaling and Adaption in Big Organizations

In this podcast, innovation scholar and design thinking adaption expert Ingo Rauth interviews innovations leaders and program managers about the challenges of scaling design thinking in big corporates.

Latest Episodes of the Innovate by Design Podcast

Christi Zuber on Design Thinking at Kaiser Permanente (004)

January 18, 2017, 2:55 pm – I was especially curious to talk to Christi Zuber, as Kaiser Permanente (KP) has been one of the first organisations to experiment using design thinking outside of product design. I met Christi first in 2011 when she was working as in th... [ Listen to the episode ]

Diana Joseph on Design Thinking at Citrix (003)

July 11, 2016, 12:45 pm – In this episode, I’m talking to Diana Joseph, former Director, Innovation Enablement at Citrix (San Francisco, USA).  At Citrix Diana and her team  developed an intense, hands-on curriculum that focuses on desirability, viability and fea... [ Listen to the episode ]

Tobias Haug on Design Thinking at SAP (002)

May 6, 2016, 8:10 am – Welcome to episode two of season one where we focus on how to bring design and innovation to large organizations. In this episode I’ve talked to Tobias Haug. Tobias is a Head of Design & Co-Innovation Center, EMEA at SAP. As we all know,... [ Listen to the episode ]

Human Centered Design in Banking

April 29, 2016, 9:41 am – More and more banks are jumping on the design thinking and service design band wagon, often as a means to conform to the latest hype “digital transformation”. Given the number of bank cases that pop-up on the topic, the movement towards ... [ Listen to the episode ]

Ben Grossman-Kahn on bringing Design Thinking to Nordstrom (001)

April 20, 2016, 6:43 pm – The first season of Innovate by Design is exploring how design and innovation can be fostered inside large organizations. My first guest this season and on the show is Ben Grossman-Kahn, who is the former director of Nordstrom’s People I... [ Listen to the episode ]


The Design of Business — The Business of Design

Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut are the instructors of the Yale School of Management’s first design course. In their podcast „The Design of Business/The Business of Design“, they explore the intersection of design and business with the help of guest lecturers from their classes.

Latest Episodes of the The Design of Business — The Business of Design Podcast

S6E4: Reneé Seward & Chester Jenkins

March 19, 2019, 3:00 pm – Reneé Seward teaches communication design at the University of Cincinnati and is the founder of See Word Reading. Chester Jenkins is a partner in Constellation, which creates new typefaces, and Village, a coop that publishes them. [ Listen to the episode ]

S6E3: Cindy Chastain

March 12, 2019, 3:00 pm – Cindy Chastain is senior vice president of customer experience and design at Mastercard. [ Listen to the episode ]

S6E2: Billie Tsien

March 5, 2019, 3:00 pm – Billie Tsien is the co-founder of Tod Williams Billie Tsien architects, which works on buildings for museums, universities, and the Obama Presidential Center. [ Listen to the episode ]

S6E1: Errol Morris

February 26, 2019, 3:00 pm – Errol Morris is a filmmaker whose documentaries include Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, and American Dharma. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E12: Dmitri Siegel

December 18, 2018, 3:00 pm – Dmitri Siegel is vice president of global brand at Sonos. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E11: Renata Souza

December 11, 2018, 3:00 pm – Renata Souza Luque is the creator of Thomy, an insulin kit for children with Type 1 diabetes. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E10: Eddie Opara

December 4, 2018, 3:00 pm – Eddie Opara is a multidisciplinary designer and a partner at the design firm Pentagram. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E9: Manuel Lima

November 27, 2018, 3:00 pm – Manuel Lima is a UX design manager at Google and the founder of the website Visual Complexity. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E8: Todd Waterbury

November 20, 2018, 3:00 pm – Todd Waterbury is the chief creative officer of Target. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E7: Susannah Drake

November 13, 2018, 3:00 pm – Susannah Drake is the founder of DLANDstudio, a landscape architecture and urban design firm. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E6: Lorna Solis

November 6, 2018, 3:00 pm – Lorna Solis is the founder and CEO of Blue Rose Compass, a nonprofit that helps gifted refugees develop their potential. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E5: Forest Young

October 30, 2018, 3:00 pm – Forest Young is head of design and a global principal at the branding consultancy Wolff Olins. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E4: Mariana Amatullo

October 23, 2018, 3:00 pm – Mariana Amatullo teaches strategic design and management at Parsons School of Design at The New School. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E3: Ellen Lupton

October 16, 2018, 3:00 pm – Ellen Lupton is the curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E2: Jon Iwata

October 9, 2018, 3:00 pm – Jon Iwata is executive in residence at the Yale School of Management and a senior advisor to IBM. [ Listen to the episode ]

S5E1: Lisa Smith

October 2, 2018, 3:00 pm – Lisa Smith is vice president of brand design at Chobani. [ Listen to the episode ]

From the Archive: Ashleigh Axios

September 25, 2018, 3:00 pm – When Ashleigh Axios joined the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy in 2012 she wasn’t sure how she would fit in. [ Listen to the episode ]


O’Reilly Design Podcast

The O’Reilly Design Podcast explores how experience design — and experience designers — are shaping business, the Internet of Things, and other domains. Thus, design thinking is of course a topic often touched here.

Latest Episodes of the O'Reilly Design Podcast

Julie Stanford on vetting designs through rapid experimentation

August 17, 2017, 12:20 pm

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Quickly test ideas like a design thinker.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Julie Stanford, founder and principal of user experience agency Sliced Bread Design. We talk about how to get in the rap...

[ Listen to the episode ]

John Whalen on using brain science in design

July 27, 2017, 11:00 am

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Designing for the “six minds,” the importance of talking like a human, and the future of predictive AI.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with John Whalen, chief experience officer at 10 Pearls, a digi...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Cheryl Platz on designing the Amazon Echo Look

July 13, 2017, 2:00 pm

The O'Reilly Design Podcast: Designing in secret, designing for voice, and why improv is an essential design skill.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Cheryl Platz, senior designer at Microsoft for the Azure Portal and Marketp...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Cynthia Savard Saucier on design at Shopify

June 8, 2017, 11:25 am

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: The sombrero-shaped designer, leading design teams, and designing for retail.

This week, I sit down with Cynthia Savard Saucier, director of design at Shopify and author of Tragic Design. Saucier also is keyno...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Travis Lowdermilk and Jessica Rich on building a customer-driven culture at Microsoft

May 25, 2017, 10:50 am

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: What makes healthy teams healthy, being customer obsessed, and design and research at Microsoft.

This week, I sit down with Travis Lowdermilk senior UX designer at Microsoft, and Jessica Rich, UX researcher at...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Matt LeMay on the four principles of product management

May 11, 2017, 11:00 am

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: The connective nature of product management, “no work above, no work below,” and the importance of talking to people who aren’t your customers.

This week, I sit down with Matt LeMay, product coach, consultant...

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Nate Walkingshaw on capturing the approaches and techniques of successful product managers

April 27, 2017, 11:05 am

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Leadership, the design of product teams, and hiring optimists.

This week, I sit down with Nate Walkingshaw, chief experience officer of Pluralsite and co-author of Product Leadership. We talk about hard and so...

[ Listen to the episode ]

David Farkas on how to approach user research

April 13, 2017, 11:00 am

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Asking the right questions, conducting research in an agile environment, and conscious confidence.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with David Farkas, associate director of user experience at EPAM and...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Jonathan Shariat on the importance of identifying your ethical design red line

March 30, 2017, 11:05 am

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Design ethics and value systems, and what the Ford Pinto can teach us about the importance of human-centered design.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Jonathan Shariat, senior interaction designer...

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Noah Iliinsky on design at Amazon

March 16, 2017, 11:55 am

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: The importance of intentional thinking, user-centered data visualizations, and separating functionality from implementation.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Noah Iliinsky, senior UX architect at...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Ben Yoskovitz on lean product development, using metrics to build successful products and companies

March 2, 2017, 2:55 pm

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Build measure learn, the One Metric That Matters, and balancing hubris and humility.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Ben Yoskovitz, investor, entrepreneur, and former VP of product at VarageSale...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Simon Endres on designing in an arms race of high-tech materials

February 16, 2017, 12:00 pm

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: The guiding light of strategy, designing Allbirds, and what makes the magic of a brand identity.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Simon Endres, creative director and partner at Red Antler. We tal...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Kat Holmes on Microsoft’s human-led approach to tackling society’s challenges

February 2, 2017, 12:00 pm

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Building bridges across disciplines, universal vs. inclusive design, and what playground design can teach us about inclusion.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Kat Holmes, principal design directo...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Randy Hunt on design at Etsy

January 19, 2017, 12:25 pm

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Collaborating with engineering, hiring for humility, and the code debate.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Randy Hunt, VP of design at Etsy. We talk about the culture at Etsy, why it’s important ...

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Andra Keay on robots crossing the chasm

January 5, 2017, 12:30 pm

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Identifying use cases for robots, the five laws of robots, and the ethics and philosophy of robotics.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Andra Keay, managing director of Silicon Valley Robotics. We...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Jay Trimble on user-centered design, Agile, and design thinking at NASA

December 22, 2016, 12:00 pm

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Solving problems, user-centered design, and culture at NASA.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Jay Trimble, mission operations and ground data system manager, for the Resource Prospector Lunar Rov...

[ Listen to the episode ]

Dan Mall on designing with friends

December 8, 2016, 12:40 pm

The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Pricing design, charting your learning path, and working with friends.

In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Dan Mall, founder and director of Superfriendly. We talk about what skills designers should...

[ Listen to the episode ]


The McKinsey Podcast

Yes, you read right. McKinsey now also practices and believes in design thinking. In their episode “The power of design Thinking”, their Podcast team explores the topic and its application in organizations.

Listen to the episode “The Power of Design Thinking”


IDEO Futures

The IDEO Futures podcasts started out as a prototype. By now, the team has released more than forty episodes of interviews with guests from the creative industry and the business sphere.

Latest Episodes of the IDEO Futures Podcast

Episode 49: Steve Vassallo + The Way to Design

August 18, 2017, 5:27 pm – Steve Vassallo is a General Partner at Foundation Capital and works at the intersection of business, technology, and design—all things close to our hearts. Steve joins Diego on episode 49 to talk about his new book, The Way to Design. ... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 48: Gerber tokens, ICOs, umbrellas + a whole lot of VDTBOM

August 3, 2017, 8:32 pm – Joe Gerber is BACK for a full episode of VDTBOM. Diego and Joe get nerdy pretty fast, but hang in there — mind blowing venture design awaits. They catch up on what's happening in the IDEO CoLab (, learn about ICOs and t... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 47: Michael Dearing on lessons from a life of designing + building remarkable ventures

June 20, 2017, 9:05 pm – If you don't already follow Michael Dearing on Twitter (, you'll want to after hearing this conversation with Diego ( Michael is the founder of Harrison Metal and joins Diego to talk about venture m... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 46: #primalnumbers with JR Hildebrand, Reilly Brennan + Clay Dean

May 25, 2017, 7:39 pm – As we approach the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, three of our favorite (and renowned) automotive design geeks join Diego to discuss the lost art of hand painted racing numbers. Graphic designers, car enthusiasts, an... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 45: Lifelong learning, leading organizations, and finding your wings with Bonny Simi

April 26, 2017, 8:40 pm – Our guest on episode 45 is a truly remarkable individual. Bonny Simi, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures, joins Diego to discuss everything from corporate venture capital and making changes within a large organization, to how she e... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 44: Bob Sutton on leadership + organizational life

April 10, 2017, 6:17 pm – Bob Sutton is a Professor of Management Science and Engineering, and a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University. He's also quite a prolific author, and his books have a prominent place on our bookshelves. Bob and Diego... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 43: The importance of questions with David Aycan + Katherine Londergan

March 10, 2017, 8:07 pm – Episode 43 is all about asking questions to learn your way to a better place. Ace IDEO business designers David Aycan and Katherine Londergan join Diego to talk about the importance of questions, whether you're just getting started or fi... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 42: The wisdom of Peter Drucker with Zach First

January 27, 2017, 6:23 pm – "What will you do Monday that's different?" Zach First, executive director of the Drucker Institute, joins Diego + guest host Susan O'Malley for a packed extended episode. Whether you're new to Peter Drucker or a versed student, this is... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 41: Submarines + Startups with Nick Edwards

December 16, 2016, 11:10 pm – Nick Edwards is the founder and CEO of GradientOne, Inc. He also spent five years as a Submarine Officer on Los Angeles Class fast attack submarines. His insights around leadership are sharp and invaluable. He graduated with a BS in Cont... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 40: Rob Pardo from Bonfire Studios

September 29, 2016, 6:27 pm – Rob Pardo is on a mission to create game experiences that build and deepen friendships. Formerly the Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard Entertainment—where he led the design of World of Warcraft—Rob and a small team of game designers rec... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 39: Jane Chen of Embrace Innovations on optimism, entrepreneurship and surfing

August 31, 2016, 12:45 am – Jane Chen is the co-founder and CEO of Embrace Innovations, a social enterprise startup creating technologically innovative products for a global community of mothers and babies. Embrace Innovations recently launched Little Lotus Baby, a... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 38: Brittany Ammerman + the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League

August 9, 2016, 9:11 pm – Brittany Ammerman founded the Nikumbuke Women's Soccer League in Kenya while she was a student and star hockey player at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Whether you are a soccer fan or not, her journey and her passion are an inspi... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 37: Kevin Kelly + The Inevitable

July 26, 2016, 6:03 pm – Kevin Kelly talks with Diego and Joe about his juicy new book, "The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future". From AI and VR, to the idea that Kevin's next book probably won't be a book, the conve... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 36: an entire episode of Venture Design That Blows Our Minds (VDTBOM)

July 12, 2016, 8:44 pm – You're in for a treat this week: a full episode of Venture Design that Blows our Minds. VDTBOM XL. We talk Indy car racing, the DAO, simulations, electric cars in Spain, ridesharing in Austin, and much more. Plus, a few surprise guests t... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 35: Mindset of a Champion with Patrick Dempsey + Patrick Long (live from the Revs Program)

June 10, 2016, 10:12 pm – Earlier this year, Diego hosted a fascinating conversation with drivers Patrick Dempsey and Patrick Long as part of the Open Garage Talk series at the Revs Program at Stanford. Titled "Mindset of a Champion", the conversation focused o... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 34: Creativity, inspiration + entrepreneurship with Suzanne Howard + Coe Leta Stafford

May 25, 2016, 10:37 pm – Suzanne Gibbs Howard and Coe Leta Stafford join us to talk about the process of bringing IDEO U ( to life. Both Suzanne and Coe are design researchers and have incredibly sharp insights about the entrepreneurial journey. To b... [ Listen to the episode ]

Episode 33: John Lilly on Blitzscaling, productivity tools + design in VC

April 29, 2016, 11:37 pm – John Lilly is back on the pod, this time to talk about Blitzscaling (a course he co-taught last fall at Stanford with Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue and Chris Yeh), what's catching his eye these days, productivity tools, our transition from we... [ Listen to the episode ]



A great video podcast by Bobby Ghoshal and Jared Erondu on product design and design thinking. They interview design (thinking) leaders in the industry on their take of practicing design and innovation.

Latest Episodes of the Highresolution.Design Podcast


TED Radio Hour – The Power of Design Episode

Design is all around us, but much of it could be better. In this episode, TED speakers talk about the essence of good design in buildings, brands, the digital realm and the natural world.

Listen to the episode “The Power of Design”



Intro Videos:

What is Design Thinking?

Expert Videos:

Embedding Design Thinking In The Organization

If you are new to design thinking, you might enjoy these introduction videos.

If you already deal with design thinking adaption and scaling, you might be interested in these videos.


Design Thinking MOOCs

The list below is not complete. It represents a ‘best-of collection’ of all the design thinking MOOCs a team of HDTRP researchers screened in 2015.

Course Name What the MOOC is about Duration Provider Platform Free?
Inspirations for Design: A Course on Human-Centered Research This course will introduce you to crucial methods in design research, which will help you to discover inspirations for innovative solutions. We take a task-based approach to build your competencies and skills: You will learn to spot workarounds, observe potential users in their context and explore the basic skills of conducting insightful interviews. 5 Weeks Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam University openHPI Yes
Design Thinking for Innovation This course focuses on the application of design thinking in business contexts. It draws on examples from how DT is being applied in different organizations. 5 Weeks University of Virginia Coursera Yes
Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design A great introductory course into human-centered design and its application in social innovation. It requires the participants to form teams and work on local challenges. Useful for instable internet connection since PDF files are the main content delivery medium. 7 Weeks +Acumen in collaboration with NovoEd Yes
Basics of Design Research This course focuses on human-centered design research. It provides an overview of frequently used basic methods for conducting field research and identifying users. 5 Weeks OpenSAP OpenSAP Yes
Design Kit: Prototyping Following the learnings from the human-centered design course, this course focuses on prototyping skills and collecting feedback. 4 Weeks +Acumen in collaboration with NovoEd Yes
Design Thinking Part I: Insights to Inspiration The focus of this course is on conducting design research for need finding. 5 Weeks Darden School of Business University of Virginia No
Design Thinking Part II: Ideas to Action This course follows up on the learnings from its predecessor and focuses on creating innovative solutions based on the user research insights from the first part. 4 Weeks Darden School of Business University of Virginia No
IDEO U Different courses covering aspects of design thinking, the ‘IDEO way’. 4 Weeks IDEO IDEO U No
Getting Started: Agile Meets Design Thinking The course combines methods and tools from agile and design thinking to teach an effective approach to product development. 5 Weeks University of Virginia Coursera Yes
Designing the Future An introductory course into different design approaches, including design thinking, and their application for today’s challenges. 5 Weeks RMIT University Future Learn No
Product Design: Delft Design Approach An introductory online course, which teaches how to design meaningful products and services. 7 Weeks Delft University EdX No
Design Thinking for Leading and Learning This course focuses on the application of design thinking in classrooms and in K-12 education. 6 Weeks MIT EdX Yes
Innovation of Products and Services: MIT’s Approach to Design Thinking This course teaches, how to blend the perspectives of marketing, design and engineering into a systematic approach to delivering innovation. 8 Weeks EMERITUS Institute of Management in collaboration with MITsloan Executive Education Emeritus No
Human-Centered Design: An Introduction As part of a specialization track, this module focuses on different strategies from design thinking and how to create human-centered innovation in different domains. 4 Weeks UC San Diego Coursera Yes


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This resource collection is compiled by Jan Schmiedgen with the support of our research colleagues in the HPDTRP. Special thanks go to Karen von Schmieden , Julia von Thienen, and Mana Taheri.



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