What is this?


The Design Thinking Bootleg is a set of tools and methods that we keep in our back pockets, and now you can do the same. It is the latest iteration of the Design Thinking Bootcamp Bootleg (archived), now with new tools.

These cards were developed by teaching team members, students, as well as designers from around the world. It’s a deck of cards, so you can start wherever you want. We think of these cards as a set of tools/methods that constantly evolves. Within the tools you’ll find tangible examples that take you to action. Anyone that is interested in design thinking can use it for inspiration when you get stuck or to generate new ideas for potential ways of doing things.

How to use it

You can use it digitally or print the pdf and make it into a deck. There are five “modes” that we identify as components of design thinking. Each card in this deck stems from one (or more) of these modes, and will be color coded at the bottom of each card in the lower right corner. Start wherever you'd like! 


Have you created your own method? We’d love to hear about it, email us at exec_ed@dschool.stanford.edu. 


Many thanks to the early Bootleg designers including: Dave Baggeroer, Thomas Both, Scott Doorley, Corey Ford, Erica Estrada, Caroline O’Connor, Lia Ramirez, Jeremy Utley, and Scott Witthoft.

Bootleg 2018 written and produced by:

Scott Doorley, Sarah Holcomb, Perry Klebahn, Kathryn Segovia, and Jeremy Utley.

Photography by: Patrick Beaudouin

Illustrations by: Jennifer Hennesy, Soleil Summer, Felix Talkin and Kim West.

Graphic design and Art direction: Jennifer Hennesy

Copy writing and editing: Eli Elbogen

Typefaces used: Styrene, Commercial Type and Vulf Mono, OHno Type Co.

Yes, And! special thanks to all of YOU for utilizing and providing inspiration for our design! Now go play responsibly!