books: Designing Wonder & Mindful by Design

Buy Designing Wonder
Designing Wonder, released 2020, with updated version in March 2021

Designing Wonder: A Guide to Transformative VR Experiences 

Designing Wonder is a book that brings together ideas about how to create VR experiences that have emotional resonance and impact, featuring research and also the voices of leaders in the field, including Tom Furness, Jessica Outlaw, Skip Rizzo, Jeremy Bailenson, Lorelle VanFossen, Kent Bye, Daniel Dyboski-Bryant, Jackie Lee, Chris Madsen, Jeremy Nickel, Jaime Donally and more. Talking about everything from The VR Hero’s Journey to Maslow Before Bloom, as well as introducing a new methodology for how to design meaningful experiences in VR, filled with wonder, this book is about experience design and more, reaching everyone from corporate training leaders to educators and those who organize social groups in VR. If you’re passionate about VR and XR collaboration, as well as new opportunities in spatial immersive tech, this book is designed with you in mind.

With expert guidance about how to connect and thrive as you design experiences for yourself and others, this book also includes a “Voices on VR” section of interviews with leaders & researchers in fields of cognitive science, UX and learning design. It’s filled with ideas and stories that you can apply to your own design, leadership and life.

Designing Wonder: Leading Transformative Experiences in Virtual Reality (2020) has a new, updated version, just released in March 2021! The full digital copy of the book is available below in .pdf or .epub (easily converted to Kindle) format. The book contains useful frameworks, methodology and history of incorporating innovative collaboration exercises in XR.  

Mindful by Design: Cultivating Aware, Advancing, and Authentic Learning Experiences

In a busy world full of distractions, mindfulness is about being present in everything we do. This must-have resource explores how mindfulness can improve mindset, practices, and quality of learning, promoting the development of future-forward skills including creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, and communication. Readers will learn how to cultivate a personal mindfulness practice that reflects their individuality, and explore how to create a community of care and compassion through mindfulness, design and storytelling.

Mindful by Design provides 24 detailed exercises, including step-by-step mindfulness practices for individuals and teams at all ages, ready to implement immediately. Filled with practical, accessible explanations and applications that are adaptive and engaging, this book demystifies mindfulness and empowers each individual to embrace a personal practice and inspire powerful collaborative environments.

Mindful by Design is a guide to well-being, a practical resource, and a creative call-to-action, as Caitlin Krause helps readers to bridge the gap between prioritizing true connection and achieving it.

Leah Weiss, author of How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind; Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Krause shares valuable strategies that will help any educator, coach, manager, or learning professional bring out the best in those they serve.

Dorie Clark, adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and author, Entrepreneurial You and Stand Out

Mindful by Design is a valuable and inspiring guide, offering generous insights and practical advice for those seeking to center, strengthen, and clarify their efforts both in and outside of the classroom.

Dinty Moore, author, The Mindful Writer