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Universal Methods of Design

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T hand page contains a concise description of the method accompanied by references for further reading On the right hand page images and cases studies for each method are presented visually The relevant phases for design application are highlighted as numbered icons along the right side of the page from phases 1 planning through 5 launch and monitorBuild meaningful products with these methods and AB Testing Affinity Diagramming Behavioral Mapping Bodystorming Contextual Design Critical Incident Techniue Directed Storytelling Flexible Modeling Image Boards Graffiti Wall. If you're loo

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This comprehensive reference provides a thorough and critical presentation of 100 research methods synthesisanalysis techniues and research deliverables for human centered design delivered in a concise and accessible format perfect for designers educators and students   Universal Methods of Design serves as an invaluable compendium of methods that can be easily referenced and used by cross disciplinary teams in nearly any design project   Methods and techniues are organized alphabetically for ongoing uick reference Each method is presented in a two page format The lef. The format

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S Heuristic Evaluation Parallel Prototyping Simulation Exercises Touchstone Tours and Weighted Matrix  This essential guideDismantles the myth that user research methods are complicated expensive and time consumingCreates a shared meaning for cross disciplinary design teamsIllustrates methods with compelling visualizations and case studiesCharacterizes each method at a glanceIndicates when methods are best employed to help prioritize appropriate design research strategies Universal Methods of Design is an essential resource for designers of all levels and specializatio. An encycloped

10 thoughts on “Universal Methods of Design

  1. says:

    Great collection of useful and practical methodsIt's really nice each method takes up just 2 page explanation on one page example on the other Some methods do reuire a longer explanation as they are too complex to fit on one page But you can always find information online as they are commonly used

  2. says:

    uantity or uality?The reader is promised 100 design methods although the term »method« seems to be very broadly defined The authors do not provide any basics like an introduction to research design or research ethics which might be a problem especially for beginners The methods are structured alphabetically Additionally they are assigned to different phases in the research process which is explained very briefly in the introduction The phase to which one method is assigned is indicated through a number between 1 and 5 one method can be assigned to several phases The introduction text and the explanation of the process is so brief and riddled with specialist terms that someone new in this field might feel overwhelmed and confusedThe book presents exactly 100 methods Each method is presented on exactly two pages regardless if it is »Focus Groups« or »Word Clouds« The extent of each chapter therefore does not follow the content or reflect the complexity of a method And I would definitely argue that Focus Groups reuire explanation than one page of textThis leads to the next main problem of this book Each method is described so briefly that the book cannot be considered anything else than an annotated list of methods and references To actually learn how to use the methods and conduct research one would have to get the bookspapers listed as references It needs to be mentioned though that the references given are all very relevant and worth readingEach method is illustrated by a brief case study Further the authors present several keywords to classify a method These keywords are e g ualitative uantitative generative and so forth Generally this kind of classification would be very useful and handy Although these keywords are not explained anywhere in the bookThe strength of the book is the mere uantity of methods and therefore it can serve as a good collection of reading tips Although the above described weaknesses outweigh this strength in my opinion I was disappointed and a little irritated by this book because I think it creates maybe unintentionally the impression that design research is just something fun and unscientific that everybody can learn in 5 minutesThis Review was originally posted on my blog

  3. says:

    The format — aside from some introductory remarks and their pretty good breakdown of how they categorize the different methods— is a general overview of a method and where it comes from This tends to point you in the right direction if you want to learn about it or employ it yourself To be honest I have not read this book cover to cover though I've probably tried on than one occasion It's a good reference 1 method per 2 page spread Writeup and references on one side illustrationspicturesdiagrams on the other On the other hand there isn't a thread pulling you through the whole book Perhaps one criticism If I remember correctly maybe I don't is that I wish methods in the table of contents were ordered differentlyI've found it useful when I needed a bit of inspiration by reviewing methods I haven't used in a while or to learn about something entirely new If you want to follow a method to a 't' and not as something for inspiration or remixing into something else in design research there's a good chance you'll want to do digging or research for advice on how to prep and conduct out the method

  4. says:

    A great read to overview an extensive collection of research methods if you're starting out as a design researcher especially if you’re clueless on which method to use and what is a really cool thing is that it maps the appropriate stage of when to use this research method and the purpose of eachIt does cover ualitative and uantitative research methods but it doesn’t include many design thinkingservice design methods ie service blueprints Value Proposition maps empathyemotion mapsI find that this is a great start for a beginner design researcher but you'll need to read much about each method when you need to

  5. says:

    An anthology of design research to keep as a handy referenceThis book is a reference to 100 different but many times interconnected methods of design researchAlthough it doesn’t go into a deep analysis of each method it provides a description and reading references should the reader want to explore things further I often found that looking at the images at the end of each section first and then reading the main text provided me with a better understanding of the material All in all a not so easy to read book but rich in content nonetheless

  6. says:

    If you're looking for an overview of design techniues this is your vocabulary You will find the techniues neatly structured by design phase and alphabet Plus the methods are classified based on many facets eg behavioralattitudinal generativeexplorativeevaluative etc The hardcover edition is nicely layed out in two page spreads with lots of visuals and graphics accompanying the textual descriptions

  7. says:

    Great overview of design research methods This book is an excellent overview providing a helpful taxonomy for the different research methods visuals for easy access and a uick general overview of the essentials of each method Not appropriate for a deeper differentiated study of individual methods

  8. says:

    This is an awesome book on designing ideas for developing creative session and effective workshops to help the team come up with new ideas in an organisation

  9. says:

    An encyclopedia for user research design methods

  10. says:

    This collection of methods can help prepare workshops for any phase of a design process

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