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Introducing the d.school’s new “Public Library”

Dive deeper into the nuances of design with this new digital collection of tools and resources

Introducing the d.school’s new “Public Library”

October 3, 2019
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The Design Questions Library suggests some answers to the questions often posed about the subject, such as “Where do new ideas come from?”

In a continuing effort to experiment and test ways to deepen students’ understanding of design, the Stanford d.school, has launched the Public Library, a digital collection of resources & tools. The d.school borrowed the public library moniker to honor all that they represent: open access to knowledge, a place of growth, and room to serve the community. 
 
The d.library is organized around several themes. The Library of Ambiguity, for instance, provides resources on how to navigate an ever-shifting landscape — an essential ability in creative work. Another section, the Design Questions Library suggests some answers to the questions often posed about the subject, such as “Where do new ideas come from?” and “How does empathy influence creativity.”

The d.school has summarized these articles to share what is known — and what is not yet known — about how design works. “Our digital libraries are filled with links,” explains d.school Creative Director Scott Doorley.

“There are actual links to online resources, as well as metaphorical links — to insights from the past and to domains beyond design. We encourage the Stanford community and beyond to check out the library and let us know if there are resources you use.”