'Designing Your Life' published 15 September

Designing Your Life: Build a life that works for you by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans (Chatto & Windus £14.99) is published on 15 September, with a series of UK events and author appearances planned around for launch.

In the book, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans bring their renowned Stanford University course, Designing Your Life, to a global audience for the first time.

There is no design problem more challenging than figuring out what we are going to do with our life... Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are bringing their powerful insights to readers everywhere to help them create a productive and happy life... This is the career book of the next decade.
— David Kelley, Founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford

15 years in development and tried and tested by thousands of people, from students to mid-career professionals to retirees, their step-by-step method teaches people how to think like a designer and build a life to thrive in.

Against a global backdrop of economic uncertainty and changes in the way we see the world of work, Burnett and Evans show us how the same thinking that created the most amazing technology, products and spaces can be used to design a career and a life that are meaningful, joyful and fulfilling, regardless of who we are or were, what we do or have done for a living, and how young or how old we are.

Using real-life stories - from Janine, the fast-track overachiever who began to hate her law-firm career, to Ellen, the first-class graduate with no idea what to do next - Designing Your Life emphasises actionable short exercises and simple techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping straight from the Stanford Life Design Lab.

The method is scientifically proven, with Burnett and Evans's Stanford course subjected to two academic studies that have shown its ability to reduce anxieties around life and careers, as well as make people successful in reaching their goals.


UK Designing Your Life events

  • Sunday 11 September DAYTIME  - Penguin Living's Careers Day - tickets here
  • Monday 12 September EVENING - How To: Design Your Life evening masterclass (with How To Academy) - tickets here
  • Tuesday 13 September DAYTIME - How To: Design Your Life daytime workshop (with How To Academy) - tickets here
  • Friday 16 September EVENING - Designing Your Life @ Second Home - tickets here
  • Saturday 17 September DAYTIME - NESTA Futurefest - tickets here