The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World / Edition 2

The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World / Edition 2

by Harold G. Nelson, Erik Stolterman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262018179

ISBN-13: 9780262018173

Pub. Date: 07/31/2012

Publisher: MIT Press

Humans did not discover fire—they designed it. Design is not defined by software programs, blueprints, or font choice. When we create new things—technologies, organizations, processes, systems, environments, ways of thinking—we engage in design. With this expansive view of design as their premise, in The Design Way, Harold Nelson and Erik

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Humans did not discover fire—they designed it. Design is not defined by software programs, blueprints, or font choice. When we create new things—technologies, organizations, processes, systems, environments, ways of thinking—we engage in design. With this expansive view of design as their premise, in The Design Way, Harold Nelson and Erik Stolterman make the case for design as its own culture of inquiry and action. They offer not a recipe for design practice or theorizing but a formulation of design culture's fundamental core of ideas. These ideas—which form "the design way"—are applicable to an infinite variety of design domains, from such traditional fields as architecture and graphic design to such nontraditional design areas as organizational, educational, interaction, and health care design. Nelson and Stolterman present design culture in terms of foundations (first principles), fundamentals (core concepts), and metaphysics, and then discuss these issues from both learner's and practitioner's perspectives. The text of this second edition is accompanied by new detailed images, "schemas" that visualize, conceptualize, and structure the authors' understanding of design inquiry. This text itself has been revised and expanded throughout, in part in response to reader feedback.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262018173
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix

Acknowledgments from First Edition xiii

Prelude 1

I The First Tradition 11

II Foundations 25

1 The Ultimate Particular 27

2 Service 41

3 Systemics 57

4 The Whole 93

III Fundamentals 103

5 Desiderata 105

6 Interpretation and Measurement 119

7 Imagination and Communication 127

8 Judgment 139

9 Composing and Connecting 159

10 Craft and Material 173

IV Metaphysics 181

11 The Evil of Design 183

12 The Splendor of Design 191

13 The Guarantor-of-Design (g.o.d.) 201

V A Drawing Together 213

14 Becoming a Designer 215

15 Being a Designer 239

The Way Forward 261

References 265

Index 271

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