What will I learn?


Using design to help scholars be more mindful of their research process

Are you a PhD or Master’s Student who has always wanted to take a d.school class but never had the time to do something outside of your field or department? Or maybe it sounded like fun, but you weren’t sure how what you learned would help your research? This introduction to design thinking methods will help you identify where in your research process you are getting stuck and give you new tools to infuse creativity into your research process. Our goal is to recognize the playful mindsets that underlie successful innovation in scholarship and explore how design thinking can improve the research process to make us more innovative scholars or scientists.

You will explore a variety of design techniques, but focus especially on how being mindful of your own research process, work styles, emotional state, and sometimes-hidden assumptions can help you get “unstuck” when you face research bumps in the road. This class is designed for students without previous experience in design thinking (especially those who may have very little idea what “design thinking” even means!).

To learn more about the class and the book visit our website https://www.creativityinresearch.org.

Teaching Team

Anja Svetina Nabergoj, PhD
Lecturer Hasso Plattner Institute of Design & University of Ljubljana

Lindley Mease, M.S.
Co-Founder of Blue Heart, Fellow at Stanford’s Effective Philanthropy Lab

Sebastian Kernbach, PhD
Institute of Media and Communication Management, University of St. Gallen


Any questions?


Email Anja at anja@dschool.stanford.edu


  • Fall 2019

  • No credit

  • October 12, 10a-5p

  • Stanford d.school



Apply now!

Accepting 26 students.

Open to Graduate Students, Fellows and Post-Docs