Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik

Thomas Both

Thomas obtained a Bachelor's degree in Engineering in 2003, worked as a mechanical engineer until 2008, and then returned to school for a Design Masters at Stanford University. After the Design Program he spent a year working at a design consultancy and launching his own product -- the ceramic ooma eating bowl.  He then returned to Stanford and worked at the Stanford d.school for three years as the Curriculum and Experience Lead.

He joined the HPI d.school in February 2012.  At HPI, Thomas teaches students and professionals, and designs curriculum.  His fundamental goals are to create learning experiences and encourage student to develop depth in their design thinking practice.

He has the conviction that adding a d.school way-of-being strengthens and complements anyone’s approach to work and life.
Thomas Both loves the opportunity to work in varied modes--synthetically and analytically, thinking and making, digitally and physically, alone and in teams--and transition often between these different ways of working.

In his own design work, he appreciates experiences in space and through time, flipping expectations, revelation, simplicity, elements in repetition, and considered details. Celebrate craft and creation!