The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist (Google eBook)

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Pearson Education, Mar 22, 2010 - Computers - 448 pages
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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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Review: The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist

User Review  - John - Goodreads

This book is the natural antithesis to "The Science of the Artificial", as it demonstrates where design science really stands (and in what poor shape it is according to design practice). Turing-award ... Read full review

Review: The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist

User Review  - Benjamin O'connor - Goodreads

Highly recommend. Actually a good companion to Brooks' other (better known) work, The Mythical Man Month. Applications to design and planning well beyond computer science and architecture. This guy knows how the sausage really gets made. Read full review


I Models of Designing
1 The Design Question
2 How Engineers Think of DesignThe Rational Model
3 Whats Wrong with This Model?
4 Requirements Sin and Contracts
5 What Are Better Design Process Models?
II Collaboration and Telecollaboration
IV A Computer Scientists Dream System for Designing Houses
17 A Computer Scientists Dream System for Designing HousesMind to Machine
18 A Computer Scientists Dream System for Designing HousesMachine to Mind
V Great Designers
19 Great Designs Come from Great Designers
20 Where Do Great Designers Come From?
Case Studies
Beach House View360

6 Collaboration in Design
7 Telecollaboration
III Design Perspectives
8 Rationalism versus Empiricism in Design
9 User ModelsBetter Wrong than Vague
10 Inches Ounces Bits DollarsThe Budgeted Resource
11 Constraints Are Friends
12 Esthetics and Style in Technical Design
13 Exemplars in Design
14 How Expert Designers Go Wrong
15 The Divorce of Design
16 Representing Designs Trajectories and Rationales
House Wing Addition
Kitchen Remodeling
System360 Architecture
IBM Operating System360
Book Design of Computer Architecture Concepts and Evolution
A Joint Computer Center Organization Triangle Universities Computation Center
28 Recommended Reading
People Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2010)

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., is Kenan Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, for his work on IBM’s Operating System/360, and the A. M. Turing Award, for his “landmark contributions to computer architecture, operating systems, and software engineering.” He is the author of the best-selling book The Mythical Man-Month, Anniversary Edition (Addison-Wesley, 1995).

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