The Heart of Design

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BOOK OVERVIEW

What is The Heart of Design?

The Heart of Design: Spirituality, Creativity & Entrepreneurship is a unique and timely guide to aligning professional and spiritual aspirations by designing for remembrance, not for distraction.

With the intention to inspire a positive movement across our global community, the book re-imagines contemporary design processes and strategies to include spiritually-grounded principles and perspectives; helping to empower a new wave of creatively confident, talented leaders, and equipping them with the tools they need to launch holistic ideas that can rise up to meet our emerging challenges.

SAMPLE CONTENT

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INTRODUCTION

Peter’s Story

Discover the intention and inspiration behind The Heart of Design, and how Peter aims to empower a new wave of creatively confident and talented leaders.

CHAPTER PREVIEW

Arrival

Before starting out on your journey towards the Heart of Design, take a few moments to centre yourself, revisit your intentions, and enter into a state of presence.

CHAPTER PREVIEW

Embracing Design

Get ready to embark on your journey from early ideas & concepts to spiritually-aligned creative products, brands and businesses. Read a sample chapter today.

INTERVIEW

Reclaiming the Heart of Creativity

In this series, Peter Gould interviews psychologist, author, academic, and globally-loved speaker, Yasmin Mogahed.

BOOK MODULES

What's Inside?

Five modules that will guide you on your journey to the Heart of Design.

Illuminating the Road

  • Connect with inspiring, like-hearted people across the globe
  • Build a tribe and community to share and enrich your vision
  • Share in discussions with companions seeking purpose 
and balance

Finding the Way

  • Feel inspired by successful startup founders & established creative leaders
  • Experience entrepreneurship as a transformative, not transactional journey
  • Learn ways to overcome tribulations and setbacks on the road towards success

Seeking the Path

  • Embrace creative & spiritual practices for fostering & maintaining energy
  • Learn practical tools developed by Peter over years of personal experience
  • Design your personal planner at the intersection of design & spirituality

Design with Heart

  • Align deep inner purpose and spiritual aspirations with meaningful work
  • Redefine success to consider spiritual & life goals beyond commercial outcomes
  • Envisioning your journey ahead with engaging, interactive learning activities

Embracing Design

  • Understand the role and potential of design in our world;
  • Discover and embrace creative confidence and design as a transformational mindset;
  • Reframe personal goals, community and global problems as design challenges.
BOOK MODULES

What's Inside?

Five modules that will guide you on your journey to the Heart of Design.

Embracing Design

  • Understand the role and potential of design in our world;
  • Discover and embrace creative confidence and design as a transformational mindset;
  • Reframe personal goals, community and global problems as design challenges.

Design with Heart

  • Align deep inner purpose and spiritual aspirations with meaningful work
  • Redefine success to consider spiritual & life goals beyond commercial outcomes
  • Envisioning your journey ahead with engaging, interactive learning activities

Seeking the Path

  • Embrace creative & spiritual practices for fostering & maintaining energy
  • Learn practical tools developed by Peter over years of personal experience
  • Design your personal planner at the intersection of design & spirituality

Finding the Way

  • Feel inspired by successful startup founders & established creative leaders
  • Experience entrepreneurship as a transformative, not transactional journey
  • Learn ways to overcome tribulations and setbacks on the road towards success

Illuminating the Road

  • Connect with inspiring, like-hearted people across the globe
  • Build a tribe and community to share and enrich your vision
  • Share in discussions with companions seeking purpose 
and balance

Embracing Design

  • Understand the role and potential of design in our world;
  • Discover and embrace creative confidence and design as a transformational mindset;
  • Reframe personal goals, community and global problems as design challenges.

Design with Heart

  • Align deep inner purpose and spiritual aspirations with meaningful work
  • Redefine success to consider spiritual & life goals beyond commercial outcomes
  • Envisioning your journey ahead with engaging, interactive learning activities

Seeking the Path

  • Embrace creative & spiritual practices for fostering & maintaining energy
  • Learn practical tools developed by Peter over years of personal experience
  • Design your personal planner at the intersection of design & spirituality

Finding the Way

  • Feel inspired by successful startup founders & established creative leaders
  • Experience entrepreneurship as a transformative, not transactional journey
  • Learn ways to overcome tribulations and setbacks on the road towards success

Illuminating the Road

  • Connect with inspiring, like-hearted people across the globe
  • Build a tribe and community to share and enrich your vision
  • Share in discussions with companions seeking purpose 
and balance

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A NOTE FROM PETER GOULD

How it all started...

For more than 20 years I have worked at the intersection of design and spirituality – learning how to align my professional journey as a designer and entrepreneur with my spiritual aspirations.

This journey led me to seek out dozens of inspiring scholars, attend programs with incredible design leaders, and work alongside diverse creative pioneers from around the world.

These interactions, studies and projects have helped me to lead, develop and launch hundreds of creative projects that have inspired millions of hearts across the globe, alhamdulillah, and helped me develop heart-centered design – a spiritually-grounded approach to entrepreneurship, creative practice and life that can help us define and achieve our goals sustainably, while serving the global Ummah, inshaAllah.
To share the knowledge and experience I had acquired, I launched an online course – The Heart of Design – in 2020, and have since taken hundreds of people through the program live, witnessing some wonderful outcomes along the way.

Attendees have come from many different backgrounds and seasons of life — not just designers or creatives, but all kinds of professionals, students and individuals. And feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Many students said that the program has helped them find more balance and purpose in their work, and discover new tools and processes to make real progress with their ideas.

With this encouragement, I made the intention to turn heart-centered design into a global movement that will encourage creatively confident, talented leaders to develop and launch their own ideas, and positively embrace a designer mindset that can help us transform communities, and meet pressing challenges together.
So after three years of feedback and iteration – distilling ideas and expanding the course’s content – I started work on my new book: The Heart of Design: Spirituality, Creativity & Entrepreneurship. Insha’Allah we can bring this next chapter to life together, and bring huge benefit to the Ummah.

Sincerely,
PETER GOULD
HEART OF DESIGN ALUMNI

Testimonials

The past few weeks have changed how I feel about the road ahead, alhamdulillah, despite not knowing what the future holds. If you’re just embarking on your journey as a creative or entrepreneur, or are a seasoned professional, I highly recommend this course.

Noor Al Masawi

Canada

I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Heart of Design program offered by the Gould Studio in January 2023. As a health sector worker, I have been on a journey of recovery from burnout in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The course, with its heart-centred approach, provided me with a beautiful path by which to explore creativity and spiritual grounding.

Abeer Majeed

Canada

I just want to let you know that just after this short time in the course I start to see the seeds of a life-changing path, some early internal prototypes. I want to thank you for putting this course together. The material is more than amazing. May Allah reward you.

Sharif Shawky

UAE

Thank you Heart of Design team and Peter Gould for creating this beautiful space. I'm grateful to have been part of the July 2023 program, and one of my main takeaways from this life-changing experience is to reframe my mindset to do transformative work instead of it being transactional as a designer.

Amera Ibrahim

Philippines

This was a great course. I listened to each episode like a podcast (didn't have time to watch!) and it worked really well. I enjoyed not being pressured to do anything. I found the frameworks really valuable. The strangest thing is that I feel like the course brought me closer to Islam than any Imam has done over the past few years. Truly a growth moment for me

Shahyan Ahmad

USA

INSIDE THE BOOK

Exclusive Insights

The book will also feature exclusive insights from Peter’s journey, and excerpts from his conversations with scholars, entrepreneurs, academics and creative professionals who have implemented heart-centered design.


As artists it’s beautiful to make art, but the real goal of the artist on the spiritual path is that you make your life a work of art.

Baraka Blue

Poet, Author, & Teacher


When a person is not grounded  and doesn’t have the right compass, intention, focus and priority, you can really lose your way.

Yasmine Mogahed

Psychologist, Author, & Globally-loved Speaker


I’ve seen how people transform when they start to do something they love.

Peter Sanders

Photographer of the Muslim world


We’re trying to ensure that there is Ihsan (excellence) in everything we do. Whether it’s the product, how we interact with our customers, the website, our social media, our blog, everything.

Melanie Elturk

Founder & CEO of Haute Hijab


That's what spirituality is. Spirituality is connecting into the essence of something.

Dr. Abdallah Rothman

Principal at Cambridge Muslim College


There can be Barakah in anything – especially if that thing brings you back closer to the divine in some way. If it puts you into a spiritual mode, there’s Barakah there.

Mohammed Faris

Entrepreneur and Founder 
of The Productive Muslim


That's kind of what spirituality is. It's another level of information to connect you to your purpose of life, through the lens of design.

Maria Guidice

Author, Coach, Teacher & Design Leader


You have to combine a kind of sanguinity in business with a deep faith that your provision is not coming from the business - it’s coming from God.

Micheal Sugich

Author, Friend, Mentor, & Long-term Spiritual Seeker


If we don't recognize the speed of society and don't design for the place people are … we'll lose them.

Dr. Tamara Grey

Educator, Scholar, & Founder of Rabata


Young people especially should ask themselves what kind of business do they want to do that can bless as many people as possible? What does that look like?

A Helwa

Author and Poet


We, as human beings, are designed for Haq. We’re designed for truth, and we’re designed for coherence.

Kabir Helminski

Spiritual Teacher and Author


As artists it’s beautiful to make art, but the real goal of the artist on the spiritual path is that you make your life a work of art.

Baraka Blue

Poet, Author, & Teacher


When a person is not grounded  and doesn’t have the right compass, intention, focus and priority, you can really lose your way.

Yasmine Mogahed

Psychologist, Author, & Globally-loved Speaker


I’ve seen how people transform when they start to do something they love.

Peter Sanders

Photographer of the Muslim world


We’re trying to ensure that there is Ihsan (excellence) in everything we do. Whether it’s the product, how we interact with our customers, the website, our social media, our blog, everything.

Melanie Elturk

Founder & CEO of Haute Hijab


That's what spirituality is. Spirituality is connecting into the essence of something.

Dr. Abdallah Rothman

Principal at Cambridge Muslim College


There can be Barakah in anything – especially if that thing brings you back closer to the divine in some way. If it puts you into a spiritual mode, there’s Barakah there.

Mohammed Faris

Entrepreneur and Founder 
of The Productive Muslim


That's kind of what spirituality is. It's another level of information to connect you to your purpose of life, through the lens of design.

Maria Guidice

Author, Coach, Teacher & Design Leader


You have to combine a kind of sanguinity in business with a deep faith that your provision is not coming from the business - it’s coming from God.

Micheal Sugich

Author, Friend, Mentor, & Long-term Spiritual Seeker


If we don't recognize the speed of society and don't design for the place people are … we'll lose them.

Dr. Tamara Grey

Educator, Scholar, & Founder of Rabata


Young people especially should ask themselves what kind of business do they want to do that can bless as many people as possible? What does that look like?

A Helwa

Author and Poet


We, as human beings, are designed for Haq. We’re designed for truth, and we’re designed for coherence.

Kabir Helminski

Spiritual Teacher and Author

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