Problem Solving and Critical Thinking for Designers

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Wiley, Feb 16, 2011 - Architecture - 192 pages
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The essential guide to decision making and problem solving forthe interior designer

The interior design profession requires effective problemsolving and critical thinking, as they impact all phases of thedesign project and most work activities of the interior designer.Whether you are a student or professional designer, much of whatyou do involves these skills. Although most of us do not even thinkabout what we do in terms of these activities, they are a constantpart of design. They are also skills that must be performedsuccessfully outside a professional career. Improving these skillsmakes you a more sought-after employee and designer, effectivebusiness owner, and fulfilled individual. Problem Solving andCritical Thinking for Designers will put the reader on the correctpath to a solutions-oriented practice. Using her trademarkaccessible and conversational approach, Christine Piotrowski guidesreaders through the process of how the working designer solvesproblems and makes decisions. Some of the topics she discussesare:

  • Design process

  • Communication

  • Asking questions

  • Problem definition and analysis

  • Decision-making process

  • Negotiation

  • Working with others

  • Ethical decision making

This book also features real-life scenarios and design problemsthat guide the reader toward making correct decisions in real-lifesituations.

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About the author (2011)

Christine M. Piotrowski, FASID, IIDA, provides consulting services on business practices to interior designers. Now based in Phoenix, Arizona, she is a former professor of interior design at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She has more than twenty-five years of commercial and residential design experience. Christine is the author of the award-winning Professional Practice for Interior Designers and Becoming an Interior Designer, as well as coauthor of Designing Commercial Interiors, all published by Wiley.

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