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:
Problem definition and analysis
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.
CHAPTER 1: Thinking Critically.
What Is Critical Thinking?
Who Is a Critical Thinker?
The Importance of Thinking Critically in Interior Design.
It Is Not Criticism.
CHAPTER 2: Design as Process.
The Design Process—A Brief Review.
For Whom Do We Design?
Not the First Answer.
Using Time Effectively.
CHAPTER 3: Problem Definition and Analysis.
Goals and Objectives.
Design Concept Statements.
CHAPTER 4: Asking Questions.
The Purpose of Asking Questions.
Asking the Right Questions.
Is There Always a Right Answer?
CHAPTER 5: Looking for Answers—Research Methodologies.
Types of Research.
Developing a Research Project.
Assessing Information from the Internet.
CHAPTER 6: Decision Making.
What Constitutes Decision Making?
Why We Make Wrong Decisions.
CHAPTER 7: Ethical Decision Making.
The Importance of Ethical Decision Making.
Business versus Ethical Conflicts.