Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work (Blac14) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/4/1
"Nigel Cross is widely recognised as the leading figure of his generation in design research. In this book he has produced an accessible, lucid and authoritative description of designers' thought processes and strategies, which is essential reading for understanding design." --Michael Tovey, Coventry University
"Mixing analysis with case studies, Nigel Cross provides a succinct introduction to 'design thinking'. His message-- that creativity can be taught, nurtured and developed--should empower even the most elementary design students." --Elizabeth Guffey, Purchase College
"This book proves that Nigel Cross is truly one of the leading thinkers who are working hard to establish the body of knowledge for design." --Lee Kun-Pyo, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Nigel Cross is Emeritus Professor of Design Studies, Open University, UK. He has vast experience as a design teacher and an international reputation as a design researcher through books such as Designerly Ways of Knowing and Analysing Design Activity, and editorship of the leading research journal, Design Studies.
This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand design thinking and the book provides a solid counterbalance to a lot of the hype and ill informed opinions on the subject that abounds on the internet.
The author touches tantalisingly on the subject of non-verbal thought on page 116 but does not develop this thinking much further. The role of non-verbalising, visualisation and the disturbing of the creative processes by verbal overshadowing are worthy of further exploration and research.
In some ways this is a remarkable little book, full of valuable insights and much closer to its subject than many published opinions about design thinking. I expect to refer to this book frequently in my own work and reflections. Highly recommended for anyone who genuinly want to understand how designers think.
The subject matter deserves a larger format book with more illustrations and visualisations, but this is in no way a criticism of the author or the contents of this book.
I just hope that the number of samples in the studies was much larger, since I suspect many of the findings might be just anecdotes.
Overall totally worth it if you need to reflect and understand the processes and thinking of designers.