Design of Design Essays from a Computer Scientist

ISBN-10: 0201362988
ISBN-13: 9780201362985
Edition: 2010
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Description: Making Sense of Design Effective design is at the heart of everything from software development to engineering to architecture. But what do we really know about the design process? What leads to effective, elegant designs?The Design of Designanswers  More...

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List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 3/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Making Sense of Design Effective design is at the heart of everything from software development to engineering to architecture. But what do we really know about the design process? What leads to effective, elegant designs?The Design of Designanswers these questions. This new book by Fred Brooks contains extraordinary insights for designers in every discipline. Brooks pinpoints the constants inherent to all design projects and uncovers processes and patterns most likely to lead to excellence. Drawing on the observations and intuitions of dozens of exceptional designers, as well as his direct experiences in several design domains, Brooks argues convincingly that bold design decisions lead to better outcomes. The author tracks the evolution of the design process, delves into complex systems based on distributed design, and illuminates what makes a truly great designer. He examines the nuts and bolts that affect all design processes, including budget and other constraints, aesthetics, design empiricism, and tools, and then grounds this discussion in his own real-world examplescase studies ranging from home construction to IBMrs"s Operating System/360. Throughout the book, Brooks reveals the keys to success that every designer, design project manager, and design researcher should know.

Models of Designing
The Design Question
How Engineers Think of Design-The Rational Model
What's Wrong with This Model?
Requirements, Sin, and Contracts
What Are Better Design Process Models?
Collaboration and Telecollaboration
Collaboration
Telecollaboration
Design Aspects
User Models-Better Wrong than Vague
The Budgeted Resource
Constraints are Friends
Rationalism vs. Empiricism in Design
Esthetics and Style in Technical Design
The Role of Exemplars
How Expert Designers Go Wrong
The Divorced Designer
Design Rationale Tools
Rationales and Rationalizing
A Dream System for the Design of Houses
Dream System-Mind to Machine
Dream System-Machine to Mind
Great Designers
Great Designs Come From Great Designers
Where Do Great Designers Come From?
Trips Through Design Spaces: Case Studies
Case Study: Beach House Design Rationale
Case Study: Kitchen Remodeling
Case Study: House Wing
Case Study: System/360 Architecture
Case Study: Operating System/360
Case Study: Joint Comp. Center Organization
End Matter
Recommended Reading
Bibliography

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