In this new book Cross is bringing together a lot of the existing research, solid research, that has been done on how designers think and act. This research is not just individuals reflecting on design based on their own subjective experiences but produced by people who have conducted serious studies of designers in interview studies, experiments, case studies, observations, etc.
Cross goes through a lot of this research and shows how the findings from many of them have led to similar results and can be seen as providing the base for a more overall comprehensive and coherent understanding of design.
The book is highly suitable for anyone who is interested in design thinking and who wants to know more than just some over simplistic journalistic versions found in popular business settings and in magazines.
“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.”
“Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work is a useful resource for people wanting to get a deeper insight into how designers go about designing things and systems, and a great first year student handbook.”
“A highly accessible read that will doubtless help many designers to better understand - and perhaps also to question - the things they do in their work life, and why they do them.”
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