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Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions

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This comprehensive reference provides a thorough and critical presentation of 100 research methods, synthesis/analysis techniques, 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 refe
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Rockport Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Yordi Verbeeck
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great collection of useful and practical methods!
It's really nice each method takes up just 2 page (explanation on one page, example on the other). Some methods do require a longer explanation as they are too complex to fit on one page. But you can always find more information online as they are commonly used.
Romina Susan
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: design
Quantity or Quality?

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 indicate
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design
Mais um livro de consulta do que outra coisa, é ótimo tanto para avaliar rapidamente técnicas que podem ser usadas em determinados contexto, quanto para se aprofundar, através das indicações de leitura, em métodos específicos. Bastante util.
Andrew Tatge
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 more about it or employ it yourself.

To be honest, I have not read this book cover to cover (though I've probably tried on more than one occasion). It's a good reference: 1 method per 2-page spread. Writeup and references on one side, illustr
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 each.

It does cover qualitative and quantitative research methods but it doesn’t include many design thinking/service design methods (i.e service blueprints, Value Proposition maps, empathy/emotion maps)

I fi
Argiris Bendilas
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: product-design
An anthology of design research to keep as a handy reference

This book is a reference to 100 different, but many times interconnected methods of design research.

Although 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
Petr Stedry
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for an overview of design techniques this is your "vocabulary". You will find the techniques neatly structured by design phase and alphabet. Plus the methods are classified based on many facets (e.g. behavioral/attitudinal, generative/explorative/evaluative, etc.). The hardcover edition is nicely layed out in two-page spreads with lots of visuals and graphics accompanying the textual descriptions. ...more
Hans-Joachim Belz
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 quick general overview of the essentials of each method. Not appropriate for a deeper more differentiated study of individual methods.
Camilo Metaute
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Tiene muchos métodos que no conocía pero me parece que la explicación de la mayoría es muy general, quedan inconclusos algunos sobretodo en su aplicación en proyectos reales.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cant name it a book, but rather a journal/textbook with different methods. Got some interesting learnings to apply in my field although never worked in service/product design.
Britta Sofia Andersson
A good overview of 100 methods to conduct research as a designer. Reading it as an architect but found interesting methods that could apply to the architectural design process.
Marcello Bressan
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design
É uma lista de métodos com descrições... Mas não te ensina a fazer de fato.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
An encyclopedia for user research & design methods.
Mimi Webb
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Nadya Tsech
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This collection of methods can help prepare workshops for any phase of a design process.
Krashagi Saini
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best book that mentions all possible research method technique that helps in design research.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, thesis
I skimmed through some parts of this as it's mainly a good resource that can be referred to when working on different projects. One-pager on each method is good jumping-off point. ...more
David Munoz
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing variety of design methods with short descriptions and illustrations to accompany. A must-have dictionary for designers. I was very impressed by how each of the 100 methods references similar methods on the bottom of each page. Each method's descriptive summary also shows how the particular method fits into the overall design process, making it easy to see if a method is being used to its full potential. ...more
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
مرجع لجميع المصمين على اختلاف اختصاصاتهم .. يسجل الكتاب 100 طريقة واسلوبا متبعا في مختلف مراحل العمل بدئا من البحث مرورا بالتصميم والانتاج وانتهاء بالتقييم

في المجمل تبين الطرق المذكورة اساليب استخدام العقل الجمعي بدلا من الاعتماد على العقل الفرد في التصميم للوصول الى تصاميم مميزة وخالية قدر االمكان من العيوب القاتلة .. التصميم عمل جماعي

أعجبني فيه التنظيم الدقيق والتصنيف الميسر مع وفرة المراجع والمصادر

لا بد من اقتنائه!!
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
Fantastic collection of research methods, laid-out and explained thoroughly and concisely--great starting points that enable readers to explore the concepts on their own. Bruce and Bella are both experts in design research, and this is a great showcase of their combined knowledge and efforts. Bravi! :)
Shawn Stewart
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Great reference book. Love the format, each research methodology has two pages. One page has a short description, the other has visual context and example. Both pages provide reference for further research. Very handy.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anyone who is into innovation, human centred design,looking for ideas to collaborate creatively or design thinking should get their hand on this book. It covers 100 tools that aid in any creative collaboration process.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design, non-fiction
A great survey of different methodologies and processes for approaching design challenges. Compare to the IDEO Method Cards deck
Sarah Faulkner
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good reference manual for various types of user/customer research. There's some overlap/reputation in methods and it could use more examples, but a useful and comprehensive guide overall. ...more
Alvi Syahrina
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
good to look for resources for your design activities
Marcus Österberg
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ux
Fantastisk översikt kring de metoder som finns. Extra trevligt att det finns hänvisningar för att nörda ner sig i respektive metod om man vill gå på djupet. Rekommenderas!
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Some great methods to work with. However, I feel that some are the same just with a different name.
Tai Tai
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
not as great a 'Universal Principles' but still a much needed guide ...more
Jake Pollak
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a must have book for all designers.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Helpful guide. One of the must have for Designers
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