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

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Overview

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.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"The first edition of The Design Way changed how I conduct my work in education; the second edition is even stronger. Far from a mere list of 'how to's.' it helps develop a way of seeing, thinking, understanding, and acting with reciprocity that helps people become more client-centered, creative, and adaptive to others' ever-changing environments. I highly recommend this book and thank the authors for their outstanding work." --John D.
Bransford
, Shauna C. Larson Professor of the Learning Sciences, University of
Washington

The MIT Press

"The second edition of The Design Way is the most useful and enjoyable book on design that I have yet read. It digs very deep into the intellectual and historical foundations of design thought in order to generate practical wisdom. If only the first chapter of this book was required reading for every first-year MBA student, the business world would be a much better place. And if it was also required reading for every science and technology policy person, we would actually have useful innovation policy. Harold Nelson and Erik Stolterman have produced a genuinely great contribution."--Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

The MIT Press

John D. Bransford
The first edition of The Design Way changed how I conduct my work in education; the second edition is even stronger. Far from a mere list of 'how to's.' it helps develop a way of seeing, thinking, understanding, and acting with reciprocity that helps people become more client-centered, creative, and adaptive to others' ever-changing environments. I highly recommend this book and thank the authors for their outstanding work.
Roger Martin
The second edition of The Design Way is the most useful and enjoyable book on design that I have yet read. It digs very deep into the intellectual and historical foundations of design thought in order to generate practical wisdom. If only the first chapter of this book was required reading for every first-year MBA student, the business world would be a much better place. And if it was also required reading for every science and technology policy person, we would actually have useful innovation policy. Harold Nelson and Erik Stolterman have produced a genuinely great contribution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262018173
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 726,149
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold G. Nelson was 2009—2010 Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and is currently Senior Instructor in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School and President of Advanced Design Institute.

Erik Stolterman is Professor of Informatics and Department Chair in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington.

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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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