I was recently asked by a friend if I could make a short list of good readings on design thinking. I tried and here it is. This is a first attempt. The criteria for choosing a text has been if the reading has meant a lot to me. I have also picked texts that are not for the moment but are useful for many years (more or less timeless). So, this is a list of design thinking readings that I constantly use and go back to (I have probably forgotten some really important ones :-)
Alexander, C. (1979). The Timeless Way of Building. Oxford University Press.
Buchanan, R. Wicked Problems in Design Thinking. In The Idea of Design. V. Margolin and R. Buchanan (eds). MIT Press, 1995, 3-20.
Buxton, B. (2007) Sketching User Experience – getting the design right and the right design. Morgan Kaufman.
Cross, N. (2007). Designerly Ways of Knowing. Birkhauser, Basel.
Dewey, J. (1934) Art as Experience. New York: Perigee Books.
Dorst, C. H. (2003). Understanding Design. Amsterdam: BIS Publisher.
Dunne, J. (1993). Back to the Rough Ground: ‘Phronesis’ and ‘Techné’ in Modern Philosophy and in Aristotle. Notre Dame, IN. University of Notre Dame Press.
Frayling, C. Research in Art and Design. Royal College of Art Research Papers, 1, 1 (1993), 1-5.
Heskett, J. (2002). Design – A Very Short Introduction. Oxford. Oxford Press.
Janlert, L-E. & Stolterman, E. (1997). The character of things. in Design Studies, Vol 18, No 3, July (1997), 297-314.
Krippendorff, K. (2006) The Semantic Turn – A New Foundation for Design. CRC Press.
Lawson, B. (2005). How designers think – the design process demystified. Architectural Press.
Lawson, B. and Dorst, K. (2009). Design Expertise. Architectural Press.
Nelson, H. & Stolterman, E. (2003). The Design Way -- Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World. Educational Technology Publications. New Jersey.
Pye, D. (1969) The Nature and Aesthetics of Design. Cambium Press; Reprint edition (July 1995)
Rittel, H, W. & Webber, M. M. (1974). Dilemmas in General Theory of Planning. in Design Research and Methods, 8 (No. 1): 31-39.
Schön, D. A. (1983). The Reflective Practitioner. New York, NY. Basic Books.
Schön, D. A. (1987) Educating the Reflective Practitioner. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Simon, H. A. (1996). The sciences of the artificial (3rd ed.). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Stolterman, E. The Nature of Design Practice and Implications for Interaction Design Research. in International Journal of Design, 2, 1 (2008), 55-65.