Curriculum and Experience Lead
Thomas Both believes a successful designer must be one who can work both in synthetic, generative ways and in an analytic, critical manner, and transition fluidly between the two. In having consciously worked to add the former to his engineering background, he appreciates the value of design thinking, and the power of it for innovation. At the d.school, Thomas strives to teach design thinking to students of diverse disciplines, with the conviction that this way of thinking can strengthen and complement anyone’s approach to work and life.
Thomas is a graduate of the Stanford Design Master’s Program, and brings with him a focus on human-centered design and a scrappy attitude of doing. In his design work, he appreciates experiences in space and through time, flipping expectations, revelation, simplicity, elements in repetition, and considered details. In the most abstract terms, Thomas regards crafted creation – of objects, frameworks, publications – as a mark of accomplishment. His hope is each creation itself can communicate to others a message and inspire them.