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Designerly Ways of Knowing [Kindle Edition]

Nigel Cross
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  • Print ISBN-10: 1846283000
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-1846283000
  • Edition: 1
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The concept ‘designerly ways of knowing’ emerged in the late 1970s alongside new approaches in design education. Professor Nigel Cross, a respected design researcher, first articulated this idea in his paper ‘Designerly Ways of Knowing’ published in 1982. This book is a unique insight into expanding discipline area with important implications for design research, education and practice. This book traces the development of a research interest in articulating and understanding the idea that designers have and use ‘designerly’ ways of knowing and thinking. The following topics are covered: - nature and nurture of design ability; - creative cognition in design; - natural intelligence of design; - design discipline versus design science; and, - expertise in design. As a timeline of scholarship and research and a resource for understanding how designers think and work, this book will interest researchers, teachers and students of industrial and product design; design practitioners, and design managers. This is a major contribution to the literature of design research, knowledgeable, informed, and - above all - interesting. Ken Friedman, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.


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The concept of ‘designerly ways of knowing’ emerged in the late 1970s in association with the development of new approaches in design education. Professor Nigel Cross first clearly articulated this concept in a paper called ‘Designerly Ways of Knowing’ which was published in the journal Design Studies in 1982. Since then, the field of study has grown considerably, as both design education and design research have developed together into a new discipline of design. This book provides a unique insight into a field of study with important implications for design research, education and practice.

Professor Nigel Cross is one of the most internationally-respected design researchers and this book is a revised and edited collection of key parts of his published work from the last quarter century. Designerly Ways of Knowing traces the development of a research interest in articulating and understanding the nature of design cognition, and the concept that designers (whether architects, engineers, product designers, etc.) have and use particular ‘designerly’ ways of knowing and thinking. There are chapters covering the following topics:

  • the nature and nurture of design ability;
  • creative cognition in design;
  • the natural intelligence of design;
  • design discipline versus design science; and,
  • expertise in design.

As a timeline of scholarship and research, and a resource for understanding how designers think and work, Designerly Ways of Knowing will be of interest to researchers, teachers and students of design; design practitioners and design managers.


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  • File Size: 1446 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Springer London; 1 edition (June 29, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SNUQ7Q
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Cross's book presents an updated collection of essays analyzing design behavior. Each essay furthers the argument for the value of design with insight into the inner workings of the design process. This is done by relating government research, comparisons of designers at the same task, and interviews with world class designers. The book elevates design thinking to an intrinsic cultural value and a basic human intelligence which should be taught to everyone alongside numeracy and literacy. Most importantly, Cross provides a challenge and a framework to advance design education and the discipline of design through the study of design thought, design activity, and the cultural artifacts of design.
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