…ew members of the Stanford faculty wrote me with serious concerns about the conclusion of my essay: I ended both the Medium and Chronicle versions of my essay by lampooning Bill Burnett and his co-authored self-help book, Designing Your Life, pretending that Burnett had seen through the boondoggle and become a standup comedian on a mission to ridicule DT and his former self out of existence. My point is that the only world in which Burnett’s words could possibly make sense is one in which he is the ultimate prankster.
…emember, Design Thinking is “a methodology for producing reliably innovative results in any field.” Strictly speaking, “methodology” is the analysis of methods. That just quoted sentence really means to say “methods for producing . . . “, not “methodology,” but Design Thinkers use the longer word because it sounds fancier and more sophisticated.
…. They provide a unique skill set for looking at and engaging the world, and being critical of it.” Like others I talked to, Moran doesn’t see this kind of critical thinking in the popular form of Design Thinking, which tends to ignore politics, environmental issues, and global economic problems.