Problem Solving and Critical Thinking for Designers

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Author: Christine M. Piotrowski

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118015643

Category: Architecture

Page: 192

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The essential guide to decision making and problem solving for the interior designer The interior design profession requires effective problem solving and critical thinking, as they impact all phases of the design project and most work activities of the interior designer. Whether you are a student or professional designer, much of what you do involves these skills. Although most of us do not even think about what we do in terms of these activities, they are a constant part of design. They are also skills that must be performed successfully outside a professional career. Improving these skills makes you a more sought-after employee and designer, effective business owner, and fulfilled individual. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking for Designers will put the reader on the correct path to a solutions-oriented practice. Using her trademark accessible and conversational approach, Christine Piotrowski guides readers through the process of how the working designer solves problems and makes decisions. Some of the topics she discusses are: 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 problems that guide the reader toward making correct decisions in real-life situations.

Solving Problems with Design Thinking

Ten Stories of What Works

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Author: Jeanne Liedtka,Andrew King,Kevin Bennett

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231163568

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Design-oriented firms such as Apple and IDEO have demonstrated how design thinking can directly affect business results. Yet most managers lack a real sense of how to put this new approach to use for issues other than product development and sales growth. Solving Problems with Design Thinking details ten real-world examples of managers who successfully applied design methods at 3M, Toyota, IBM, Intuit, and SAP; entrepreneurial start-ups such as MeYou Health; and government and social sector organizations including the City of Dublin and Denmark’s The Good Kitchen. Using design skills such as ethnography, visualization, storytelling, and experimentation, these managers produced innovative solutions to problems concerning strategy implementation, sales force support, internal process redesign, feeding the elderly, engaging citizens, and the trade show experience. Here they elaborate on the challenges they faced and the processes and tools they used, offering their personal perspectives and providing a clear path to implementation based on the principles and practices laid out in Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie’s Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers.

Problem Solving 101

A Simple Book for Smart People

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Author: Ken Watanabe

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101029183

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

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The fun and simple problem-solving guide that took Japan by storm Ken Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 for Japanese schoolchildren. His goal was to help shift the focus in Japanese education from memorization to critical thinking, by adapting some of the techniques he had learned as an elite McKinsey consultant. He was amazed to discover that adults were hungry for his fun and easy guide to problem solving and decision making. The book became a surprise Japanese bestseller, with more than 370,000 in print after six months. Now American businesspeople can also use it to master some powerful skills. Watanabe uses sample scenarios to illustrate his techniques, which include logic trees and matrixes. A rock band figures out how to drive up concert attendance. An aspiring animator budgets for a new computer purchase. Students decide which high school they will attend. Illustrated with diagrams and quirky drawings, the book is simple enough for a middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems.

Think Smarter

Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills

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Author: Michael Kallet

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118871251

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Train your brain for better decisions, problem solving, and innovation Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills is the comprehensive guide to training your brain to do more for you. Written by a critical thinking trainer and coach, the book presents a pragmatic set of tools to apply critical thinking techniques to everyday business issues. Think Smarter is filled with real world examples that demonstrate how the tools work in action, in addition to dozens of practice exercises applicable across industries and functions, Think Smarter is a versatile resource for individuals, managers, students, and corporate training programs. Thinking is the foundation of everything you do, but we rely largely on automatic thinking to process information, often resulting in misunderstandings and errors. Shifting over to critical thinking means thinking purposefully using a framework and toolset, enabling thought processes that lead to better decisions, faster problem solving, and creative innovation. Think Smarter provides clear, actionable steps toward improving your critical thinking skills, plus exercises that clarify complex concepts by putting theory into practice. Features include: A comprehensive critical thinking framework Over twenty-five "tools" to help you think more critically Critical thinking implementation for functions and activities Examples of the real-world use of each tool Learn what questions to ask, how to uncover the real problem to solve, and mistakes to avoid. Recognize assumptions your can rely on versus those without merit, and train your brain to tick through your mental toolbox to arrive at more innovative solutions. Critical thinking is the top skill on the wish list in the business world, and sharpening your ability can have profound affects throughout all facets of life. Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills provides a roadmap to more effective and productive thought.

Change by Design

How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

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Author: Tim Brown

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061937746

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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In Change by Design, Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, the celebrated innovation and design firm, shows how the techniques and strategies of design belong at every level of business. Change by Design is not a book by designers for designers; this is a book for creative leaders who seek to infuse design thinking into every level of an organization, product, or service to drive new alternatives for business and society.

Designing Commercial Interiors

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Author: Christine M. Piotrowski

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111888261X

Category: Architecture

Page: 576

View: 4038

A practical, comprehensive resource for commercial interior design Designing Commercial Interiors is the industry standard reference, now fully revised and expanded to reflect the latest developments in commercial interior design. This book guides you through the entire design process, from planning to execution, to teach you the vital considerations that will make your project a success. This new third edition includes new: Sustainability concepts for a variety of commercial spaces Coverage of accessibility, security, safety, and codes—and how these factors influence commercial design Chapters on design research, project process, and project management Drawings and photographs of design applications Supplemental instructor's resources Commercial interior design entails a much more complex set of design factors than residential design, and many of these considerations are matters of safety and law. This book walks you through the process to give you a solid understanding of the myriad factors in play throughout any commercial project, including how the global marketplace shapes designers' business activities. Whether it's a restaurant, office, lodging, retail, healthcare, or other facility, the interior designer's job is much more complicated when the project is commercial. Designing Commercial Interiors is an exhaustive collection of commercial design skills, methods, and critical factors for professionals, instructors, and those preparing for the NCIDQ exam.

Designed Leadership

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Author: Moura Quayle

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231544685

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Great leaders aspire to manage “by design”—with a sense of purpose and foresight. But too few leaders incorporate the proven practices and principles of the design disciplines.Lessons learned from the world of design, when applied to management, can turn leaders into collaborative, creative, deliberate, and accountable visionaries. Design thinking loosens the mind and activates innovation. It creates the conditions for employees to thrive and for all kinds of businesses to succeed. In Designed Leadership, the strategic-design scholar and urban-systems designer Moura Quayle shares her plan for integrating design and leadership, translating processes, principles, and practices from years of experience into tools of change for professional leaders. Quayle describes the key concepts of designed leadership, such as “make values explicit” and “learn from natural systems,” showing how strategic design can spur individual creativity and harness collective energy. For managers at any level, Designed Leadership uses original visuals and field-tested examples to teach the kind of thinking, theorizing, and practicing that result in long-lasting high performance in the workplace and beyond.

Teaching Kids to Think Critically

Effective Problem-Solving and Better Decisions

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Author: Clifton Chadwick

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475810679

Category: Education

Page: 142

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This book is based on a simple series of psychological concepts. While ability to think has always been important, the knowledge economy significantly increases the demand for higher order thinking and problem-solving abilities. Parents should take a much more active role in teaching their children to think. Early preschool years are critical because long-term attitudes and early strategies are learned then. Approaches and perspectives on learning to think can be clearly communicated to parents in ways which will make it possible for them to use the correct strategies to stimulate their students to think more clearly and critically. There are five elements involved in good, logical, critical, and creative thinking: 1. The skills involved in effective, efficient, and lasting learning, or commonly referred to as cognitive processing strategies 2. The mastery of logic and structure of what is being learned 3. Awareness of what one knows and does not know, and how one knows and how one thinks 4. The standards or guidelines for the validity and reliability of what one knows, called intellectual standards 5. The knowledge and skills involved in critical thinking and solving problems in different subjects or domains

Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

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Author: John Butterworth,Geoff Thwaites

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107606306

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 351

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Thinking Skills, second edition, is the only endorsed book offering complete coverage of the Cambridge International AS and A Level syllabus.

Creative Problem Solving

Thinking Skills for a Changing World

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Author: Edward Lumsdaine

Publisher: McGraw-Hill College

ISBN: 9780070390911

Category: Psychology

Page: 491

View: 3645

Creative ability in business.

The Critical Thinking Toolkit

Spark Your Team's Creativity with 35 Problem Solving Activities

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Author: Dr. Marlene Caroselli

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 0814417418

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

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It’s not just for geniuses. Everyone can learn to think creatively, analytically, and quickly with brain-boosting activities for the workplace. Unimaginative. Risk-adverse. Prone to group-think. These are not just empty complaints about today’s employees. A recent article in Newsweek found solid data that proves a “creativity crisis” is plaguing America. Yet critical thinking, the ability to approach a problem both analytically and creatively, is the bedrock of success for companies and their people. Fortunately, it’s a skill that can be learned. The Critical Thinking Tool Kit aims to get employees thinking better and faster with 35 hands-on activities and ready-to-use assessments. Team members work on challenging assumptions, brainstorming divergent ideas, and then pinpointing the ones that best benefit an organization. And they’ll learn to do it in real-life speed—quickly! The training exercises in The Critical Thinking Tool Kit offer an invigorating departure from the everyday—with the potential for big payoffs in the form of enhanced “on-your-feet” thinking, innovative problem-solving, and profitable idea generation from everyone on the team.

From Problem Solving to Solution Design

Turning Ideas Into Actions

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Author: J. Eduardo Campos,Erica W. Campos

Publisher: Forbesbooks

ISBN: 9780998365565

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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From Problem Solving To Solution Design Creating solutions to solve problems can often prove very difficult to accomplish, even for seasoned Solution Designers. Complex organizational problems have several stakeholders, endless variables, and a myriad of possible solutions. It's hard enough to figure out where to start, and even harder to realize what the perfect, mutually-beneficial solution is. With their combined tenure of over fifty years, J. Eduardo Campos and Erica W. Campos present their Solution-Designing expertise in From Problem Solving to Solution Design so that you can learn from their successes (and their failures) to craft sustainable solutions for complex problems. Specifically, you will learn how to implement the I.D.E.A.S. framework that they have been perfecting over the years, which includes five critical checkpoints that any Solution Designer must hit to create solutions that are successfully envisioned, negotiated with stakeholders, and implemented to last over time. IDENTIFY THE ESSENTIAL PROBLEM AND PRIORITIZE YOUR ACTIONS TO SOLVE IT. DESIGN SOLUTION OPTIONS ALIGNED TO YOUR GOALS. ENGAGE YOUR STAKEHOLDERS IN THE SOLUTION AND INFLUENCE THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. ACT ON THE AGREED-UPON RECOMMENDATIONS AND EXECUTE YOUR GOVERNANCE MODEL. SUSTAIN THE IMPLEMENTED SOLUTION BY CREATING A FEEDBACK LOOP. Treat this book as your field guide: it offers clear checkpoints for you to assist your organization in designing effective solutions for complex problems.

Sprint

How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

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Author: Jake Knapp,John Zeratsky,Braden Kowitz

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 150112174X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 9675

From three design partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process--called the sprint--for solving tough problems using design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers.

The Design Studio Method

Creative Problem Solving with UX Sketching

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Author: Brian K Sullivan

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1317692233

Category: Computers

Page: 192

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The struggle with balancing creative products that are innovative, technically feasible, and financially sound is one designers and web professionals go through every day. The Design Studio Method is a creative problem solving process that allows you to quickly generate ideas, evaluate them, and reach consensus, achieving that balancing act. Brian Sullivan’s The Design Studio Method gives answers that you have been looking for, showing you how to be innovative and efficient without sacrificing quality and collaboration. This book simplifies the complicated method, explaining each step, each participant’s involvement, and how to adapt the method to your needs. The Design Studio Method provides step-by-step procedures to ensure your success. From illumination, to generation, to presentation, all the way to iteration, this book provides the road map you’ll need to start generating innovate products. Shows you how to involve all members of the creative process—from clients to directors—so that everyone participates, critiques, and innovates. Features real-world examples of Design Studio projects that highlight the successes of this method and ways to adapt it to your needs. Includes a website that showcases videos covering each step of the method and other procedures that crop up along the way.

Interaction Design for Complex Problem Solving

Developing Useful and Usable Software

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Author: Barbara Mirel

Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann

ISBN: 1558608311

Category: Computers

Page: 397

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This book presents a groundbreaking approach to interaction design for complex problem solving applications.

Handbook of Research on Creative Problem-Solving Skill Development in Higher Education

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Author: Zhou, Chunfang

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1522506446

Category: Education

Page: 632

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Developing students’ creative problem-solving skills is paramount to today’s teachers, due to the exponentially growing demand for cognitive plasticity and critical thinking in the workforce. In today’s knowledge economy, workers must be able to participate in creative dialogue and complex problem-solving. This has prompted institutions of higher education to implement new pedagogical methods such as problem-based and case-based education. The Handbook of Research on Creative Problem-Solving Skill Development in Higher Education is an essential, comprehensive collection of the newest research in higher education, creativity, problem solving, and pedagogical design. It provides the framework for further research opportunities in these dynamic, necessary fields. Featuring work regarding problem-oriented curriculum and its applications and challenges, this book is essential for policy makers, teachers, researchers, administrators, students of education.

Young Inventors at Work!

Learning Science by Doing Science

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Author: Edwin J. C. Sobey

Publisher: Good Year Books

ISBN: 9780673577351

Category: Education

Page: 120

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Educational resource for teachers, parents and kids!

Industrial Design Engineering

Inventive Problem Solving

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Author: John X. Wang

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1351671847

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Designing new products and improving existing ones is a continual process. Industrial design engineering is an industrial engineering process applied to product designs that are to be manufactured through techniques of production operations. Excellent industrial design engineering programs are essential for the nation’s industry to succeed in selling useful and ecologically justifiable and usable products on a market flooded with goods and services. This unique text on industrial design engineering integrates basic knowledge, insight, and working methods from industrial engineering and product design subjects. Industrial Design Engineering: Inventive Problem Solving provides a combination of engineering thinking and design skills that give the researchers, practitioners, and students an excellent foundation for participation in product development projects and techniques for establishing and managing such projects. The design principles are presented around examples related to the designing of products, goods, and services. Case studies are developed around real problems and are based on the customer’s needs. Industrial engineering is a field with a large and extensive presence in our nation's manufacturing and service industries. From this new book, researchers, practitioners, and students will get an easy access to a wide range of effective industrial engineering tools and techniques in a concise format that will provide in-depth coverage emphasizing new thinking paradigms, tools, techniques, and models for industrial engineering problem solving.