Great overview of what one eminent design researcher/theorist, viz. Nigel Cross, has learned under the large umbrella of "design science", including iGreat overview of what one eminent design researcher/theorist, viz. Nigel Cross, has learned under the large umbrella of "design science", including it's nature, nurture, relationship to technology and computational tools, expertise, and creative processes. It is actually a collection of papers published over the years.
The general theme is indicated by the title, viz. that there are "designerly" ways of knowing that are distinct from other forms of knowing, e.g., the scientific method. This "knowing" describes a system of thinking that includes 1) a distinct phenomenon of study, 2) unique methods for inquiry, and 3) an umbrella culture of values. The bulk of the book is spent fleshing out an argument that "design" is such a system of knowing in its various details.
A large proportion of the insights are gained from protocol studies of and interviews with actual practicing designers, so the book offers a nice complement to other less ecologically valid forms of design studies and data sources, e.g., design experiments, computational modeling....more