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Designing Together

The collaboration and conflict management handbook for creative professionals

New Riders, 2013

Designing Together: The collaboration and conflict management handbook for creative professionals, by Dan Brown, foreword by Scott Berkun

Designing Together: The collaboration and conflict management handbook for creative professionals

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What is the one thing not taught in design school, but is an essential survival skill for practicing designers? Working with other people. And yet, in every project, collaboration with other people is often the most difficult part.

The increasing complexity of design projects, the greater reliance on remote team members, and the evolution of design techniques demands professionals who can cooperate effectively. Designing Together is a book for cultivating collaborative behaviors and dealing with the inevitable difficult conversations.

Designing Together features:

  • 28 collaboration techniques
  • 46 conflict management techniques
  • 31 difficult situation diagnoses
  • 17 designer personality traits

This book is for designers:

  • On teams large or small
  • Co-located, remote, or both
  • Working in multidisciplinary groups
  • Within an organization or consulting from outside

You’ll also find sidebar contributions from David Belman (Threespot), Mandy Brown (Editorially, A Book Apart), Erika Hall (Mule Design Studio), Denise Jacobs (author), Jonathan Knoll (InfinityPlusOne), Marc Rettig (Fit Associates), and Jeanine Turner (Georgetown University).

“While I’ve learned many of these practices along my career, I’d never seen them as clearly named, explained, and taught as they are here.”

~ Scott Berkun, from the foreword

Communicating Design

Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning

New Riders, 2011

Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning, by Dan Brown, foreword by Liz Danzico

Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning

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Successful web design teams depend on clear communication between developers and their clients—and among members of the development team. Wireframes, site maps, flow charts, and other design diagrams establish a common language so designers and project teams can capture ideas, track progress, and keep their stakeholders informed.

In this all new edition of Communicating Design, author and information architect Dan Brown defines and describes each deliverable, then offers practical advice for creating the documents and using them in the context of teamwork and presentations, independent of methodology. Whatever processes, tools, or approaches you use, this book will help you improve the creation and presentation of your wireframes, site maps, flow charts, and other deliverables.

The book now features:

  • An improved structure comprising two main sections: Design Diagrams and Design Deliverables. The first focuses on the nuts and bolts of design documentation and the second explains how to pull it all together.
  • New deliverable: design briefs, as well as updated advice on wireframes, flow charts, and concept models.
  • More illustrations, to help designers understand the subtle variations and approaches to creating design diagrams.
  • Reader exercises, for those lonely nights when all you really want to do is practice creating wireframes, or for use in workshops and classes.
  • Contributions from industry leaders: Tamara Adlin, Stephen Anderson, Dana Chisnell, Nathan Curtis, Chris Fahey, James Melzer, Steve Mulder, Donna Spencer, and Russ Unger.

“As an educator, I have looked to Communicating Design both as a formal textbook and an informal guide for its design systems that ultimately make our ideas possible and the complex clear.”

~ Liz Danzico, from the Foreword

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2009 6:37 pm

    Great book but while reading the book I cannot help myself taking notes and making it shorter 🙂 I feel that I should have a short handbook after passing through all the book in order to use this for any future web related project.

    Also, templates(for wireframes, prototypes and persona creation) would help a lot while going through the process.

    Overall, I find this book the Bible of every web project. Thank you.

  2. April 7, 2010 11:19 pm

    Dan, love the first edition of Communicating Design. I believe I heard that you’re working on a second edition. Any idea when that book might be available?

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