The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World

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MIT Press, 2012 - Design - 282 pages
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.

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About the author (2012)

Harold G. Nelson was 2009--2010 Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design at CarnegieMellon University and is currently Senior Instructor in the Graduate School of Business and PublicPolicy at the Naval Postgraduate School and President of the Advanced Design Institute. Erik Stolterman is Professor of Informatics and Department Chair in the School of Informaticsand Computing at Indiana University Bloomington.

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