- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 113802256X
- ISBN-13: 978-1138022560
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Design Studio Method: Creative Problem Solving with UX Sketching 1st Edition
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About the Author
Brian Sullivan is the Director of UX Testing and Research for Tonic3. In his practice, Brian is called upon to facilitate Design Studio Workshops, Brainstorming Sessions, Design Walkthroughs, UX Inspections, and Usability Testing. Brian is the founder of the Big Design Conference, where experts talk on design, usability, and strategy. Brian founded the Big Design Workshops series in 2009, where he teaches UX topics, such as Collaborative Sketching with Design Studios, UX Inspections, and a Usability Boot Camp. Brian is the President of the Dallas User Experience Professionals organization, which meets monthly in Dallas. Brian is a thought leader, who frequently speaks at industry events like SxSW Interactive, UXPA International, IA Summit, Boston UXPA, and Big Design Conference.
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Top Customer Reviews
With this book in hand, you will be able to tackle the largest of design challenges with your team. You will learn a methodology of first CREATING ideas, then later EVALUATING the ideas, with techniques to moderate comments and control discussion. Your team will arrive at a consensus and solution to the established design problem.
But there is so much more. There are multiple layers of tips, and techniques from research to dealing with personalities and political waters. You can open the book just about anywhere and read for 5 minutes and come away with immediately usable knowledge. Key items are broken down into numbered sidebars like: “6 Fundamentals of Sketching” or 9 Steps of a Design Studio.”
As a great author should, Brian draws from the wisdom of those who came before while adding his own wisdom and unique teaching perspective. For example, Brian gives a light-hearted spin to de Bono’s “six thinking hats” method as a way to moderate discussion.
In classic Sullivan style, the book has plenty of historical references/quotations throughout that keep you engaged and entertained, and add support to the subject. And most importantly, you will learn how to coach people through their perceived lack of drawing skills, getting them to put their ideas on paper.
Additionally, J. Shuh did great work on the illustrations which are very entertaining. This gives the book’s layout a variety of entry points to pull you into the text so that it doesn’t feel like an overwhelming read. I really appreciate the bullet-point summary at the end of each chapter, as those are valuable memory refreshers.
One weekend with this book and you will have a significant resource to draw from for most design challenges. In the future, this book will be required reading at credible design schools.
After months of working on a project where everyone seemed to be going in different directions and NO ONE was on the same page, my team was introduced to the Design Studio Method. Though a popular methodology within our company, I and others on the team had not yet participated in one and didn't really know what to expect. In a relatively short time, I needed to learn all I could about this methodology. This book provided me with the knowledge I needed to understand the methodology, outlined the skills the team would need to be successful, and a bunch of pointed (and fun) facts that helped me to better understand the concepts.
I'm so glad I read the book first. I saw all of it come to life right in front of my eyes; the business barriers, the personal barriers, and the personality conflicts. When issues arose, I knew how to handle them and refocus the conversation. In the end, we all walked out of the room with a single vision and better understanding of how the various groups worked. The Design Studio Method process was intense, but well worth our time.
I suggest reading this book all the way through at least once and then using the Index to look up information to refresh your knowledge or to answer questions later. In case you need them, you can download the illustrations used in the book (www.designstudiomethod.com) to explain the process and keep participants on task.