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Design Thinking, Design Theory

The Design Thinking/Design Theory series seeks to develop vital conversations to help designers and researchers serve business, industry, and the public sector for positive social and economic outcomes. This series explores strategic design as an opportunity to create value through innovative products and services. It emphasizes design as service that succeeds through rigorous creativity, critical inquiry, and an ethics informed by respect for people, for nature, and for the world we shape through design.

Designing Meaningful Products in a World Awash with Ideas

A more powerful innovation, which seeks to discover not how things work but why we need things.

An exploration of design considerations in the design of technologies that support local collective action.

An exploration of the political qualities of technology design, as seen in projects that span art, computer science, and consumer products.

Create New Thinking by Design

How organizations can use practices developed by expert designers to solve today’s open, complex, dynamic, and networked problems.

An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation

The role of design, both expert and nonexpert, in the ongoing wave of social innovation toward sustainability.

The Politics and Aesthetics of Participation in Experience-Centered Design

A critical inquiry into the value and experience of participation in design research.

A handbook of situated design methods, with analyses and cases that range from designing study processes to understanding customer experiences to developing interactive installations.

Unfolding the Design Process

The description of a method for the notation and analysis of the creative process in design, drawing on insights from design practice and cognitive psychology.

A theoretically informed investigation that relates the philosophies of aesthetics and imagination to understanding design practice.

The evolution of Chinese design and the major shift in the culture of creativity in a post-Mao China.

A new perspective on design thinking and design practice: beyond products and projects, toward participatory design things.

Designing Open Hypermedia Systems

Kaj Grønbæk and Randall H. Trigg present a set of principles for the design of open hypermedia systems and provide concrete implications of these principles for issues ranging from data structures to architectures and system integration, and for settings as diverse as the World Wide Web and the workplace.