Notes on Christopher Alexander’s Notes on the Synthesis of Form and Design Thinking

Context, Form, Ensemble, Misfits, Forces

What is Design Thinking?

The most used ‘motif’ when you look up Design Thinking

Design Thinking Revisualized after reading Notes

Alternate Design Process Visualizations (OMG, one looks like infinity!)

Form, Context & Forces

Ensemble & Misfits

Dividing the Ensemble

Some examples of ensembles from the book. The dotted red line demarcates the form-context boundary under consideration.

The Wallet Project

The Wallet Project:
A one hour introduction to Design Thinking. Participants get in pairs and go through the steps as shown.

Form: Draw the ‘ideal’ wallet.

Context + Misfits: Gain empathy with your user by using the wallet as a starting point.

Forces: Uncover Needs and insights

Generate forms at multiple boundaries: Brainstorm radically different ideas

Stage the ensemble:Prototype and Test

Essais on digital product design, design thinking and personal growth.

Essais on digital product design, design thinking and personal growth.