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First Person: A conversation with David Kelley, founder of IDEO and Stanford

Original post made on Nov 5, 2017

David Kelley, founder of IDEO and the Stanford talks with First Person host Lisa Van Dusen about his mission to help as many people as possible regain their creative confidence.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, November 5, 2017, 8:30 AM

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Posted by Andy
a resident of Woodside
on Nov 5, 2017 at 7:28 pm

I'm curious how the writer has decided that Kelly was "instrumental in creating Design Thinking as we know it" when the name and philosophy were first outlined in the book "Design Thinking" by Peter Rowe in 1987. More likely, there's clearly some collegiate rivalry here as Rowe was Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard from 1992 to 2004.

Posted by Lehrer
a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2017 at 9:32 am

This the only one of which the news has come to Stanford,
though there may be many others but they haven't been deciphered.

Posted by Andy
a resident of Woodside
on Nov 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Dear @Lehrer.

I would think that a prestigious university as large and significant as Stanford would have the personnel, if not the integrity, to research and acknowledge others who went before them. It also seems arrogant to think that Stanford "deciphered" design thinking when a number of people who contributed to the formation of design thinking have written extensively on the subject well before Stanford/IDEO came along. Herbert Simon - who originally wrote on the subject in 1969 - won a Nobel Prize in part for his work on Design Thinking. Moreover, a simple Google search would uncover a considerable number of experts - the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Interactive Design Foundation, Hong Kong Polytechnic University among many others - who've done just as much as Stanford-IDEO to contribute to something as important as Design Thinking.

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