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This third edition of 'How Designers Think' has been substantially rewritten following the second edition which was first published in 1990. Bryan Lawson has continued to try and understand how designers think, to explore how they might be better educated and to develop techniques, including computer-aided design, to assist them in their task. A completely new chapter on 'Designing with drawings' has been added and all the others have either been fully revised or wholly rewritten.

How Designers Think is based on Bryan Lawson's many observations of designers at work, interviews with designers and their clients and collaborators. This extended work is the culmination of twenty-five years' research and shows the author's belief that we all can learn to design better. The creative mind continues to have power to surprise and this book aims to nurture and extend this creativity. This book is not intended as an authoritative description of how designers should think but to provide helpful advice on how to develop an understanding of design.

'How Designers Think' will be of great interest, not only to designers seeking a greater insight into their own thought processes, but also to students of design in general from undergraduate level upward.

• An original look at the changing role of the designer in society
• Fully illustrated
• Completely new chapter on 'Designing with drawings'

Audience: Student and practising architects and designers.

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In this update of the 1990 second edition, Lawson includes more computer-assisted design information and continued insights from research and observations of designers at work<-->while retaining the book's focus on defining "design," design traps, creative thinking styles, the changing role of the designer, and designing with computers, drawings, and with others. After 30 years, the author admits to knowing more about design from practicing rather than studying it. Distributed by Butterworth-Heinemann. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750630733
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/23/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Lawson is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. He is however both an architect and a psychologist, which has enabled him to study the nature of the design process.

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Table of Contents

Author's preface to the third edition
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 What is Design?
1 Introduction 3
2 The changing role of the designer 14
3 Route maps of the design process 29
Pt. 2 Problems and Solutions
4 The components of design problems 51
5 Measurement, criteria and judgement in design 62
6 A model of design problems 83
7 Problems, solutions and the design process 113
Pt. 3 Design Thinking
8 Types and styles of thinking 131
9 Creative thinking 148
10 Guiding principles 162
11 Design strategies 185
12 Design tactics 205
13 Design traps 227
14 Designing with drawings 241
15 Designing with others 260
16 Designing with computers 286
17 Quo vadis? 305
Bibliography 309
Index 317
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