Software Designers in Action: A Human-Centric Look at Design Work

1st Edition

Marian Petre, Andre Van Der Hoek

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published September 10, 2013
Reference - 452 Pages - 105 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466501096 - CAT# K14386
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Innovations in Software Engineering and Software Development Series

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  • Presents an in-depth, human-focused perspective on software design
  • Explores what software designers actually do (rather than what they should do) through video analyses of them working on a design problem
  • Highlights positive and negative patterns and practices
  • Identifies a research agenda for the future to support existing designers in their work and train newcomers to become effective designers
  • Includes contributions from expert practitioners in human–computer interaction, psychology, software design, and product design


Software Designers in Action: A Human-Centric Look at Design Work examines how developers actually perform software design in their day-to-day work. The book offers a comprehensive look at early software design, exploring the work of professional designers from a range of different viewpoints. Divided into four sections, it discusses various theoretical examinations of the nature of software design and particular design problems, critically assesses the processes and practices that designers follow, presents in-depth accounts of key supporting elements of design, and explores the role of human interaction in software design.

With highly interdisciplinary contributions that together provide a unique perspective on software development, this book helps readers understand how software design is performed today and encourages the current community of researchers to push the field forward.


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