Design Thinking Tools & Resources

My compilation of favorite design thinking tools, resources, & literature.

This curated collection of resources continues to grow as I’ve grown as a design thinking practitioner. I’ve been amazed and humbled by the generosity of the design thinking community and the willingness to share best practices. I strive to do the same, sharing best-of-the-best design thinking tools from both leading institutions and practitioners.

I’m always on the lookout for new design thinking tools & resources as I continue to practice and teach design thinking. Please feel free to recommend others!

Last Updated – 6/23/18 – (new items are in red font)

Free Online Resources

Online Training

Design Thinking Playbooks & Toolkits

Design Thinking Conferences & Connection

Design Thinking Business Case Building

Design Sprint Resources


  • Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation (by Tim Brown)
  • Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers (by Jeanne Liedtka)
  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All (by Tom Kelley & David Kelley)
  • The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life (by Bernard Roth)
  • The Design Gym Design Thinking Reading List (quite comprehensive!) (
  • Design for Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths (by John Coyle, a design thinker with a very interesting background and story!)


Case Studies



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