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Design Management

The Essential Handbook

Draw on a holistic overview of the value of design management, and enable yourself to employ it effectively across a range of creative industries.
EAN: 9780749478414
Edition: 1
Format: 240 x 170
256 pages

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About the book

Design Management is the essential handbook to all things design. As a discipline, design management is continually in motion; changing, responding and adapting to the dynamics of social and business transformation. As a business function, it combines project management, design, strategy and supply chain techniques to enable the creation of more effectively designed products, services, communications and brands. As such, it is relevant to a very broad range of industries and sectors, and Design Management recognizes this by structuring content around four key universal perspectives: values, horizons, visions, and futures. These perspectives give an overview of the development, key issues and future direction of design management.

Meticulously researched, Design Management goes beyond individual project-level implementation to explore design strategy at both organizational and macro levels. By showcasing its impact all the way up to industrial and national application, students will gain a deep understanding of the nuances, scope and scalability of design. Filled with vibrant case studies and guest perspectives from a spectrum of industry leaders and policy makers, this book is an invaluable real-world commentary on design's role as a key asset in organizational activity. The book's engaging and accessible style provides students and practitioners with everything needed to foster a climate of creative engagement.

Online resources include a valuable toolkit of PowerPoint slides, review questions, project questions, activity worksheets and further reading.

About the authors

Dr David Hands is a senior lecturer in Design Management at Lancaster University. He is also Course Leader for MA Design Management at Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts. He has written and published extensively on all aspects and themes surrounding strategic design management theory and practice.
  • A wonderful book which not only gives a holistic view about design management in a broad context, but also practically combines methods and tools with case studies. It is a powerful handbook that every innovator in design business needs to read.
  • CAI Jun, Professor, Academy of Arts & Design / Director of Design Management Research Lab, Tsinghua University

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