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The design way : intentional change in an unpredictable world

Author: Harold G Nelson; Erik Stolterman
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Nelson, Harold G.
Design way.
Cambridge, Massachusestts ; London, England : The MIT Press, [2012]
(DLC) 2011053205
(OCoLC)769916208
Print version:
Nelson, Harold G.
Design way.
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The MIT Press, 2014
(OCoLC)888461142
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harold G Nelson; Erik Stolterman
ISBN: 0262305658 9780262305655
OCLC Number: 810257421
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 282 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Prelude --
The first traditions --
Foundations. The ultimate particular ; Service ; Systemics ; The whole --
Fundamentals. Desiderata ; Interpretation and measurement ; Imagination and communication ; Judgment ; Composing and connecting ; Craft and material --
Metaphysics. The evil of design ; The splendor of design ; The guarantor-of-design (g.o.d.) --
A drawing together. Becoming a designer ; Being a designer --
The way forward.
Responsibility: Harold G. Nelson and Erik Stolterman.

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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."

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