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The management of design projects

Author: Alan Topalian
Publisher: London : Associated Business Press, 1980.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Topalian
ISBN: 085227078X 9780852270783
OCLC Number: 7243123
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 173 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine derived contents note: Foreword by Richard Negus, PPSIAD, FSTD ix --
Introduction: Starting almost from scratch : 1 --
1 Meaning, control and the design process 3 --
Conscious intervention in natural events; Design and the satisfaction of --
needs; A definition of design; Different ways of designing; Orientation in --
design problem-solving; Design --
an applied specialism. --
2 Problems, design problems, and different types of --
design project 17 --
Spectrum of problems tackled by designers; Two-fold problems, and a --
common sequence of stages; Factors which determine the nature of design --
projects; Client awareness of problems and the scope of design projects; --
Complexity of problems, range of contacts, and discretion allowed; Audits --
of corporate design activities. --
3 The pre-project phase in design projects: work leading --
up to a brief 29 --
The ground-breaking 'pre-project' phase; The myth of the superficial , --
exercise; Problems in context; The articulation of problems; The missing --
link: the 'operating' problem; Design and the business dimension; The --
problem/solution balance; Contents of comprehensive project briefs; --
Towards a shared sense of involvement. --
4 Not paid to be nice guys 47 --
Difficulties confronting designers and clients at the start of design projects; --
Sources of information on designers; The varying nature of design projects; --
Not just a sincere, creative designer; Designer types; The matching --
processes; The selection process. --
5 What kind of design project team? 57 --
Design teams and design project teams; The fundamental roles encountered --
in design projects; The hierarchy of roles; Developing the project team; --
How project teams operate; Who should fill the team roles?; An essential --
need: a team approach to design problem-solving. --
6 So you think you need a corporate design manager? 79 --
Design management and design standards; Should designers be appointed --
to company boards?; How perceptions of design vary from company to --
company; Design 'responsibility' and design 'management'; A framework --
of tasks for corporate design managers; Beware the panacea-peddlers! --
7 Reflecting reality through design project --
documentation 91 --
Creativity, design and administration; Is a system of design project --
documentation always necessary?; Some design guidelines on project --
documentation systems; What are the important items of project --
documentation?; Wanted: adequate information in 'unfamiliar' --
management territory. --
8 Counting the costs, but losing sight of the benefits 105 --
The case for design project evaluation; Are design projects unsuitable for --
evaluation?; Basic concepts of evaluation; Different bases of project --
evaluation; What factors need to be evaluated?; When should evaluation --
take place?; Determining costs and benefits; Control of costs and benefits --
through variance analysis; Evaluation and management action. --
Appendix A 'Design projects are difficult to manage --
because...' 131 --
Appendix B The 'mechanics' of design projects 141.
Responsibility: Alan Topalian.
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