By Nigel Cross
Published by Wiley (3rd Edition 2000, 4th Edition 2008)
Amazon gives book description of third edition:
Building on the outstanding success of the previous editions, this new edition reinforces its original three-part structure: Part I provides an introduction to design, Part II presents design methods as the core feature of the book and finally, Part III puts the methods into a wider context of managing the overall design within the business process of planning and developing new products.
The design process is an engineering discipline that precedes the manufacturing of every product, and which requires the designer to develop a strategy that takes into account constraints including budget, time and material properties and addresses problem solving and optimization. Engineering Design Methods, written in a clear and readable by an experienced author of teaching texts, is an integrated design textbook that presents this strategy and sets it in the context of broader product development and design process management.
This revised fourth edition -
provides explicit, step-by-step advice on how to implement several separate design methods that have been shown to be of value in both education and practice,
promotes a flexible approach to the design process,
contains new case studies, problems and examples from industry that broaden the scope of the book from engineering design into product design,
includes a significant new chapter presenting the User Scenarios Method; a procedure for investigating potential product user wants and needs, that culminates in a design brief identifying an opportunity for developing a new product concept,
features a book companion website with powerpoint slides for instructors.
Building on the outstanding success of the previous three editions, this edition cements Engineering Design Methods’ position at the forefront of engineering and industrial design as an essential text for students and lecturers as well as practitioners of engineering and industrial design.
“Engineering Design Methods… is a valuable contribution to the engineering design literature. It is a useful text for both engineering students and practising designers. The engineering design methods presented are those that are of practical significance and the book is a must for anyone wishing to raise the standard of their design work. The design methods are described clearly and succinctly, examples are used to illustrate principles and design strategies are presented that show how the methods are best employed”. - Professor Graham Thompson, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UMIST, UK
“Professor Nigel Cross’ treatment of Engineering Design is a singularly successful treatment for my courses because it is short and concise enough to be read by virtually all students. Furthermore, his interpretations are open enough to allow the inquiring mind to fill out the picture, incorporating and extending the ideas to fit the reflective designer’s own needs. More prescriptive treatments fail to support learning in this regard”. - Professor Larry Leifer, Stanford Center for Design Research, Stanford University, USA
“This book is an excellent book as a textbook for design methodology both for undergraduate and graduate level. It includes all the necessary issues of design methods ranging from comprehensive theoretical frameworks on design and the design process to very practical examples. Students will gain a firm foundation of design methods from problem definition to design evaluations from this book”. - Professor Kun-Pyo Lee, Department of Industrial Design, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Table of Contents
Part One: Understanding Design.
1. The Nature of Design.
2. Design Ability.
What Designers Say.
How Designers Think.
Learning to Design.
3. The Design Process.
An Integrative Model.
Part Two: Doing Design.
4. New Design Procedures.
5. Identifying Opportunities.
The User Scenarios Method.
6. Clarifying Objectives.
The Objectives Tree Method.
7. Establishing Functions.
The Function Analysis Method.
8. Setting Requirements.
The Performance Specification Method.
9. Determining Characteristics.
The Quality Function Deployment Method.
10. Generating Alternatives.
The Morphological Chart Method.
11. Evaluating Alternatives.
The Weighted Objectives Method.
12. Improving Details.
The Value Engineering Method.
Part Three: Managing Design.
13. Design Strategies.
What is a Design Strategy?
Frameworks for Action.
Setting Strategies and Choosing Tactics.
14. Product Development.