The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist

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Pearson Education, Mar 22, 2010 - Computers - 448 pages

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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Models of Designing
The Design Question
How Engineers Think of DesignThe Rational Model
Whats Wrong with This Model?
Requirements Sin and Contracts
What Are Better Design Process Models?
Collaboration and Telecollaboration
How Expert Designers Go Wrong
The Divorce of Design
Representing Designs Trajectories and Rationales
A Computer Scientists Dream System for Designing Houses Chapter 17 A Computer Scientists Dream System for Designing HousesMind to Machine ...
HousesMachine to Mind
Great Designers
Great Designs Come from Great Designers
Where Do Great Designers Come From?

Collaboration in Design
Design Perspectives
Rationalism versus Empiricism in Design
User ModelsBetter Wrong than Vague
Inches Ounces Bits DollarsThe Budgeted Resource
Constraints Are Friends
Esthetics and Style in Technical Design
Exemplars in Design
Case Studies
House Wing Addition
Kitchen Remodeling
System360 Architecture
IBM Operating System360
A Joint Computer Center Organization
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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