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Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary

Dark Matter and Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary [Kindle Edition]

Dan Hill

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We live in an age of sticky problems, whether it’s climate change or the decline of the welfare state. With conventional solutions failing, a new culture of decision-making is called for. Strategic design is about applying the principles of traditional design to "big picture" systemic challenges such as healthcare, education and the environment. It redefines how problems are approached and aims to deliver more resilient solutions. In this short book, Dan Hill outlines a new vocabulary of design, one that needs to be smuggled into the upper echelons of power. He asserts that, increasingly, effective design means engaging with the messy politics – the “dark matter” – taking place above the designer’s head. And that may mean redesigning the organisation that hires you.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2055 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Strelka Press; 1 edition (22 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085KEVO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's true about the highlighting every other sentence 24 Feb 2014
By Lisa Brooklyn - Published on
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This was recommended to me and although I love reading and love design I get bored fast reading design theory and never get design coffee table books. This book was different - I found the language the most compelling part - so it is apt to have the subtitle: a strategic design vocabulary. If you're interested in thinking and talking intelligently about strategic design and not sounding like a complete academic then just get it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for pragmatic strategists 20 Jan 2014
By Phillip Hunter - Published on
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This is the most succinct and best blend of theory and practice I've come across in the design and strategy space. I was energized by Hill's lessons and advice, and was able to immediately find it useful in my work.
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful piece 27 Sep 2013
By Michael Jessopp - Published on
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A well written and well thought out book.

Dan successfully argues that strategic design is actually "a thing" - and the examples provided were relevant and worthy of independent follow up.

There are many takeaways from this book - and as other reviewers have noted - this book will leave you thinking for an extended period of time. Personally, I was able to use some of the insights from this book immediately in my day job as an IT consultant - so the book is relevant to ther fields of endeavor - not just designers.
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks Dan 23 Aug 2013
By Jonathan Veale - Published on
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I think you've nicely defined the problem space for SD practice and how we might go about delivering public good. Public service IS too important to fail! I think a big challenge and opportunity for strategic designers within the architecture of government concerns 'revelling in complexity' and avoiding path dependency. Extremely complex systems overlaid on complicated systems, like energy or agriculture require deep technical knowledge and context gaining expertise... Rarely do we find this on teams and certainly not with one designer.

Outstanding read, thank you for writing this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm shifting 9 Mar 2013
By Smrda Smrdic - Published on
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This is brilliant, but difficult to understand. Actually, this book and its contents force you to feel rather than understand. Other authors, pioneers in this (hopefully emerging) new way of thinking and behaving are Ivan Illich, Thomas Friedman, Mihai Nadin, etc. Deal with complexity or complexity will deal with you.
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