online: 24 february 2006
modified: 22, 27, 28 february. 2006

24 february 2006 the literature on design methods

the beginning of a connective bibliography (work in progress)


Solly Angel, The Tale of a Scale: an Odyssey of Invention, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2004.

Christopher Alexander, Notes on the Synthesis of Form, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1964.

Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, Oxford University Press, New York 1977.

Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building, Oxford University Press, Ne York 1979

Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature: a necessary unity, Fontana/Collins, 1980. Not about designing specifically but about mind/nature, the philosophical/religious/scientific context of our actions. See Edwin Schlossberg, 1977, below.

Stafford Beer, Decision and Control, John Wiley and Sons, London, New York 1966.

Geoffrey Broadbent, Design in Architecture, John Wiley and Sons, Chichestrand New York 1973.

Geoffrey Broadbent and Anthony Ward (editors), Design Methods in Architecture, Lund Humphries, London 1969.

Frederick P Brooks Jr., The Mythical Man-month: essays in software engineering, Addison-Wesley, Readng Mass, 1975.

Richard Buchanan and Victor Margolin (editors), Discovering Design: explorations in design studies, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London 1995.

Nigel Cross (editor), Design Participation, (proceedings of the Design Research Society's Conference, Manchester, 1971), Academy Editions, London 1972.

Nigel Cross (editor), Developments in Design Methodolog, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, New York 1984

Nigel Cross, Engineering Design Methods: strategies for product design, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester and New York, 3rd edition 2001.

Barrie Evans, James Powell, Reg Talbot, Changing Design, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, New York 1982

W J J Gordon, Synectics: The Development of Creative Capacity, Harper and Row, New York 1961.

S A Gregory, The Design Method, (proceedings of a symposium, Birmingham, UK, 1965), Butterworths, London 1966.

Lawrence Halprin, The RSVP Cycles: Creative Processes in the Human Envoironment, George Braziller, New York 1969.

V Hubka, Principles of Engineering Design Methods, Butterworth Scientific Press, Guildford 1982.

V Hubka and E Eder, Design Science, Springer Verlag, London 1996 (also in German).

Robin Jaques and James A Powell (editors), Design: Science: Method, Westbury House, IPC, Guildford 1981

Wolfgang Jonas, Jan Meyer-Veden, Mind the Gap!: on knowing, and not-knowing in design, H M Hauschild Verlag, Bremen 2004. (Theories against design theory, if not against design methods.)

J Christopher Jones and D G Thornley (editors), Conference on Design Methods (papers presented at the Conferenc on Systematic and intuitive Methods in Engineering, Industrial Design, Architecture and Communications, London, Septemebr 1962), London 1962, Pergamon Press, Oxford, London, New York, Paris 1963 (also in Italian).

John Chris Jones, Design Methods, (with subtitle Seeds of Human Futures, 1970, with review of new topics 1980), second edition with imaginary preludes 1992 (also in Japanese, Polish, Russian (one pirate and one authorised edition), Romanian, Spanish, Chinese (pirate edition), possibly Korean (pirate edition)).

John Chris Jones, designing designing, ADT Press, Phaidon Press, 1991 (Also in Spanish. Previously published without the introductory essay, as Essays in Design,John Wiley and Sons, Chichester and New York 1984).

Don Koberg and Tom Bagnall, The Universal Traveller, a soft-systems guide to: creativity, problem-solving, and the process of design, William Kauffmann Inc., Los Altos, California, 1972.

B R Lawson, How Designers Think, The Architectural Press, London 1980.

Victor Margolin (editor), Design Discourse: history | theory | criticism, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London 1989. It includes the editor's review of post-war design literature.

Edward Matchett, Creative Action: the Making of Meaning in a Complex World, Turnstone Books, London 1975.

C Thomas Mitchell, Redefining Designing: from form to experience, Van Nostrand Reinhold,New York 1993.

C Thomas Mitchell, New Thinking in Design: conversations on theory and practice, Van Nostrand Reinhold,New York 1996.

C Thomas Mitchell, Living Design: the daoist way of building, McGraw-Hill, New York 1998.

C Thomas Mitchell, User-Responsive Design: reducing the risk of failure, W W Norton, New York, 2002.

Donald A Norman, The Design of Everyday Things, Doubleday, New York 1988. (Previous edition was titled The Psychology of Everday Things)

A F Osborne, Applied Imagination: principles and procedures of creative thinking, Scribener's sons, New York 1963.

Norman Potter, What is a Designer: things . places . messages, Hyphen Press, London 1969.

Edwin Schlossberg, For My Father, in About Bateson: essays about Gregory Bateson, edited by John Brockman, E P Dutton, New York 1977, pages 143-167. (Not a book in itself but the most helpful writing i know on mind/environment. See Bateson, 1980, above.)

Edwin Schlossberg, Interactive Excellence: defining and developing new standards for the twenty-first century, The Library of Contemporary Thought, The Ballantine Publishing Group, New York 1998.

Donald Schon, The Reflective Practicioner: how professionals think in action, Basic Books, New York 1983.

H A Simon, The Sciences of the Artificial, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1968.

Philip Steadman, The Evolution of Designs: biological analogy in architecture and the applied arts, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, London, New York 1979.

Necdet Teymur, Environmental Discourse: a critical analysis of 'environmentalism' in architecture, planning, design, ecology, social sciences and the media, ?uestion Press, London 1982.

John Thackara (editor), Design After Modernism, Thames and Hudson, London 1988. (Not design methods specifically but their cultural context.)

C H Waddington, Tools for Thought, Jonathan Cape, London 1977.

John Zeisel, Inquiry by Design: tools for environment-behaviour research, Brooks/Cole, Wadsworth Inc, Monterey, California 1981, third edition, revised, W W Norton, New York 2006.

F Zwicky, The Morphological Method of Analysis and Construction, Courant, Anniversary Volume, 1948.

printed journals

The Journal of Design Research

Design Issues

Design Methods and Theories

Design Studies

Praxiology (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

(and several others)


Design Research News newsletter of the Design Research Society (opens with Explorer but not with Netscape?)

NextD Journal ReThinking Design

PHD-DESIGN a DRS discussion list for design research and teaching (includes informed and extensive essays by Ken Friedman)(opens with Explorer but not with Netscape?)

in softopia:
early days of the future
a theory of designing
sixteen ways of thinking about web design

Wikipedia entries on Design methods and Design method

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