Our team

“We couldn’t be more different, except for our shared values. And that makes working together enjoyable.”

Grace Hawthorne

Grace Hawthorne

Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford d.school

Grace is an entrepreneur, artist, author and educator. She is the creator and founder of Paper Punk, a new creativity toy + tool for people of all ages. Previously, she co-founded ReadyMade, the groundbreaking design magazine for GenXY. As its CEO/Publisher she showed people how to transform ordinary objects into extraordinary design and turned the hip indie start-up into a nationally recognized lifestyle brand. In 2006, she led the sale of ReadyMade to Meredith Corporation (NASDAQ: MDP) and continued as its President/Publisher until 2009. She also co-authored the award winning book, ReadyMade: How to Make Almost Everything (Crown/Potter, 2005).

Since high school, Grace has launched five businesses dedicated to her life mission: The marriage of art and commerce. She loves keeping people connected to the tangible world by encouraging them to make things with their hands, and knows that to learn anything, you have to live it. And from the diversity of those experiences, truly ingenious and creative solutions reveal themselves.

She comes to the d.school with awe and admiration for its dedication to changing the world one mind at a time. At the d.school she spearheads Creative Gym, a super-charged, experiential course focused on honing design intuition and creative confidence, and Fail Faster, a much-needed class that will help students transform failures into assets. In conjunction with Creative Gym, Grace is currently in the midst of a ground breaking research project about the impact and sustainability of creative capacity building at Stanford. In addition, she’s always on the lookout for publishing projects that can help the d.school spread the impact of its  transformational work exponentially.

Grace graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley in Visual Communication/Art, holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, and an MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her artwork has been exhibited in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum’s Triennial, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, PMCA Design Biennial in Pasadena, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco. Grace is a former board member of the University Art Museum, Humanities West, and SFMoMA’s Media Arts Council and is a current board member of the Museum of Craft and Design.

When she’s not busy prototyping her next venture or crashing the d.school, you may find her taking a hike, eating cheese, practicing cello, or hanging at the beach with her two kids while her husband paddleboards the Pacific.

Who’s here in 2014-2015

Our Broader Network

These superstars have been a part of our teaching teams, fellows, staff or founding team. They continue to do amazing work at Stanford and in the world.

  • Abby King
  • Adam French
  • Alex Kazaks
  • Alex Ko
  • Amal Aziz
  • Anja Svetina-Nabergoj
  • Anne Fletcher
  • Anne Gibbon
  • Barry Katz
  • Ben Grossman-Kahn
  • Bill Moggridge
  • Brett Westervelt
  • Brian Witlin
  • Brit D'Arbeloff
  • Caitria O'Neill
  • Carly Geehr
  • Carol Winograd
  • Caroline O'Connor
  • Carr Wilkerson
  • Charlie Ellinger
  • Claudia Kotchka
  • Colter Leyes
  • Corey Ford
  • Corina Yen
  • Dan Bomze
  • Daniel Steinbock
  • David Klaus
  • Elizabeth Gerber
  • Emily Ma
  • Enrique Allen
  • Erica Estrada
  • Erika Basu
  • Erin Liman
  • Eugene Korsunskiy
  • Evelyn Huang
  • Fred Leichter
  • Gayle Curtis
  • Guido Kovalskys
  • James Monsees
  • Jason Chua
  • Jason Conroy
  • Jenny Stefanotti
  • Jim Ratcliffe
  • Joe Brown
  • Joel Sadler
  • Jofish Kaye
  • John Keefe
  • John Kembel
  • John Lilly
  • Kerry O’Connor
  • Kim Jacobson
  • Kim Saxe
  • Kris Woyzbun
  • Krista Donaldson
  • Larry Leifer
  • Lia Siebert
  • Lochlann Jain
  • Maryanna Rogers
  • Matt Haney
  • Maureen Caroll
  • Meg Lee
  • Mel Lee
  • Micah Lande
  • Michael Shanks
  • Mike Levinthal
  • Molly Wilson
  • Nat Woyzbun
  • Neema Moraveji
  • Nitzan Waisberg
  • Olga Trusova
  • Peter Rubin
  • Peter Sims
  • Purin Phanichphant
  • Rich Crandall
  • Sandy Speicher
  • Scott Klemmer
  • Susan Hosking-Ramos
  • Tammy Goodall
  • Taylor Cone
  • Uri Geva
  • Wendy Ju
  • Yusuke Miyashita