The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist
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 Design addresses these questions.
These new essays by Fred Brooks contain extraordinary insights for designers in every discipline. Brooks pinpoints constants inherent in all design projects and uncovers processes and patterns likely to lead to excellence. Drawing on conversations with dozens of exceptional designers, as well as his own experiences in several design domains, Brooks observes that bold design decisions lead to better outcomes.
The author tracks the evolution of the design process, treats collaborative and distributed design, and illuminates what makes a truly great designer. He examines the nuts and bolts of design processes, including budget constraints of many kinds, aesthetics, design empiricism, and tools, and grounds this discussion in his own real-world examples—case studies ranging from home construction to IBM’s Operating System/360. Throughout, Brooks reveals keys to success that every designer, design project manager, and design researcher should know.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EmreSevinc - LibraryThing
Definitely not required reading for all designers but a pleasant and useful one for some of them nevertheless For some people there comes a time when they have spent more than five decades in their ... Read full review
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While I like his thinking and writing I just didn't find much in this book that hasn't already been said elsewhere. It might be a bit unfair to compare this to his other work, The Mythical Man Month ... Read full review
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