The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist

The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist

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By (author) Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

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  • Publisher: Addison Wesley
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 241mm x 30mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 26 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0201362988
  • ISBN 13: 9780201362985
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 95,128

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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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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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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.

Table of contents

Preface ix Part I: Models of Designing 1 Chapter 1: The Design Question 3 Chapter 2: How Engineers Think of Design-The Rational Model 13 Chapter 3: What's Wrong with This Model? 21 Chapter 4: Requirements, Sin, and Contracts 39 Chapter 5: What Are Better Design Process Models? 51 Part II: Collaboration and Telecollaboration 61 Chapter 6: Collaboration in Design 63 Chapter 7: Telecollaboration 89 Part III: Design Perspectives 103 Chapter 8: Rationalism versus Empiricism in Design 105 Chapter 9: User Models-Better Wrong than Vague 113 Chapter 10: Inches, Ounces, Bits, Dollars-The Budgeted Resource 119 Chapter 11: Constraints Are Friends 127 Chapter 12: Esthetics and Style in Technical Design 139 Chapter 13: Exemplars in Design 153 Chapter 14: How Expert Designers Go Wrong 167 Chapter 15: The Divorce of Design 175 Chapter 16: Representing Designs' Trajectories and Rationales 185 Part IV: A Computer Scientist's Dream System for Designing Houses 201 Chapter 17: A Computer Scientist's Dream System for Designing Houses-Mind to Machine 203 Chapter 18: A Computer Scientist's Dream System for Designing Houses-Machine to Mind 219 Part V: Great Designers 229 Chapter 19: Great Designs Come from Great Designers 231 Chapter 20: Where Do Great Designers Come From? 243 Part VI: Trips through Design Spaces: Case Studies 257 Chapter 21: Case Study: Beach House "View/360" 259 Chapter 22: Case Study: House Wing Addition 279 Chapter 23: Case Study: Kitchen Remodeling 297 Chapter 24: Case Study: System/360 Architecture 313 Chapter 25: Case Study: IBM Operating System/360 331 Chapter 26: Case Study: Book Design of Computer Architecture: Concepts and Evolution 347 Chapter 27: Case Study: A Joint Computer Center Organization: Triangle Universities Computation Center 355 Chapter 28: Recommended Reading 367 Acknowledgments 371 Bibliography 375 People Index 393 Subject Index 401