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1 HCD Introduction
2 HCD Organizations
    To Interview
3 Process (overview)
4 Manuals
5 Classes-Workshops
6 The Process
7 In Education
8 Videos
10 Brainstorming
11 Sort
15 Empathy Maps  

Empathic Design Conference
Empathic Design Magazine

   Design and Empathy


HCD Warm-Up Activities






Empathy and HCD  >  11 Sort




Public Tours

We host public tours every Friday starting at noon (with a more limited schedule during the summer).

you are welcome to come by and see our space on your own. Our doors are open M-F, 9-5



Graduate Design Program

Feel free to contact us regarding any specific questions you might have about admissions, events, or becoming an affiliate of the program.

Companies interested in information about becoming an affiliate of the Design Program
Contact Bill Burnett -



Design for change Center
The Design for Change Center at Stanford is aimed a directing design thinking towards creating strategic paradigms that bring about rapid change in some the larger problems facing mankind, such as energy, climate change, water and global health.

Please contact our Program Administrator:  Kristen Taylor  *



Design Thinking in Executive Education

Design Thinking Boot Camp: From Insights  to Innovation
Perry Kebahn Directoe Ex Education
Jeremy Utley  - director  Executive Education

Design Thinking in Executive Education video





World Schools of D Thinking
Big centers are at Stanford and Potsdam (Berlin) Germany.





Step by Step Introduction Guide to Human Centered Design

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[First Step, become an expert at Design Thinking]


  Empathic Centered Design, Human Centered Design (HCD) or Design Thinking Process is a exciting process that is centered around empathy.  It can be see as the full cycle of empathy as we describe in the definition of empathy as the "Wheel of Empathy".

Self- Empathy Mirrored Empathy Imaginative Empathy Empathic Creativity, Innovation and Action
   Empathy Define Ideate Prototype  Test


"Empathy is the centerpiece of a human-centered design process. The Empathize mode is the work you do to understand people, within the context of your design challenge. It is your effort to understand the way they do things and why, their physical and emotional needs, how  they think about world, and what is meaningful to them. " An Introduction to Design Thinking PROCESS GUIDE

"Empathic design is a user-centered design approach that pays attention to the user's feelings toward a product.  Empathic Design - Wikipedia


"As a style of thinking, design thinking is generally considered the ability to combine empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality to analyze and fit solutions to the context." Design Thinking - Wikipedia













Watch the video to become familiar with the process

1. Developing empathic leaders through design: Sami Nerenberg at TEDxIndianapoli
 Good first video to watch of Human Centered Design by About Design for America.
"Currently the Director of Operations for Design for America (DFA) and a lecturer at the Segal Design Institute at
Northwestern University, Sami Nerenberg, a San Francisco native, is passionate about the intersection of
design education and local/social impact. "


2. Design & Thinking Movie - Kickstarter Teaser





Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation