Designing Your Life

How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • At last, a book that shows you how to build—design—a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage “Life has questions. They have answers.” —The New York Times

Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home—at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.

Health, Mind & Body
September 20
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

seunga.han ,

Loved every chapter of this book

This book is life changing, and I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to take the time and opportunity to improve their life. I personally loved this book and felt that I came across it at the right time of my life. Loved how there were practical exercises that you can do throughout each chapters which encourage you to explore the concept in depth. I have the hard copy and love flipping back and forth to different pages whenever I need to refresh my memory on the details.

BernieWH ,

Life changing

Luckily, the car radio was tuned to CBC, Canada's NPR. It was mid-broadcast of Tapestry's interview with one of the authors. That was at the beginning of the year.

I feel lucky because this was for a trip of less than a mile and the radio is usually off. Fortunately I was hooked by the time I reached my destination. Upon arrival I turned the ignition off, but not the radio. I remained in the car for another 20 minutes listening & taking notes - completely oblivious to winter outside as well as winter inside my barely warmed up car.

Once I figured out how to spell BURNETT, it was easy to source the podcast and listen to the whole segment. If you are on the fence between a SAMPLE and a BUY, I recommend cross-referencing CBC, Tapestry, & Burnett and having a listen. If you are not into podcasts you can stream it – CBC also links to a backgrounder from Fast Company.

I had preordered this version of the book (and do intend to get a hardcopy very soon), YET I haven't read the whole book yet. I'm confident I could write a six-star review, if that were possible, once I've read the entire book.

So yes, for a traditional review it would be premature. Why now? Vanity? Maybe. Doing this so-called review is "generative" – a term the authors use early on – consider that a tease to read at least the free sample. However, the catalyst that prompted me to start writing was the fact that I was just given the option to UPDATE this book.

The book was released on the 20th, and as I write it's the 30th. Very few publishers and authors actually bother with this feature - while I don't YET know what has changed, I do know it's changed for the better. That's worthy of some praise. Perhaps when I have the cast-in-wood version in front of me I'll be able to spot the "upgrades". Not why I'm getting a hardcopy; it's a Marshall-McLuhan the-medium-is-the-message thing. What? Same (initial) content; two different media; the medium influences how the message of the content is received. Simple really.

Tim Ferris, author of "4-hour" fame, is an exemplar of embracing UPDATING, and taking it to the next level. I want to applaud the authors of this book for increasing the value of the content over time. I want to make YOU, the reader, aware of this hidden benefit. Mission accomplished.

Authors (and the team at your publisher), keep up the great work! Readers, demand UPDATES. Let's make this the norm. Remember, the medium is the message.

Thanks all.

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