Ideal Design Studio

23 Aug 2007 - 7:13pm
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Michael Wood
2007

Hello,

Does anyone know of any books/articles that describe successes with design
studio organizations? Design studio orgs present the unique challenge of
integrating those skilled at management with those skilled at design, which
can often call on different skillsets. There can result discomfort in that
the skilled designer has trouble influencing the organization and the
skilled manager has trouble influencing design. I have seen solutions that
attempt to devide these skillsets into two tracks: a management track and a
design track.

Skillset divisions might be:

Management Leadership
* Workpartner negotiations
* Resource management
* Implementation escalation

Design Leadership
* Design critique
* Internal design negotiation
* Designer development

I think this issue becomes significant for larger design organizations (50+)
and I'm coming at the problem from an org 200+ . Any input would be
appreciated.

Thanks!

Mike

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23 Aug 2007 - 7:54pm
Michael Wood
2007

Hello,

Does anyone know of any books/articles that describe successes with design
studio organizations? Design studio orgs present the unique challenge of
integrating those skilled at management with those skilled at design, which
can often call on different skillsets. There can result discomfort in that
the skilled designer has trouble influencing the organization and the
skilled manager has trouble influencing design. I have seen solutions that
attempt to devide these skillsets into two tracks: a management track and a
design track.

Skillset divisions might be:

Management Leadership
* Workpartner negotiations
* Resource management
* Implementation escalation

Design Leadership
* Design critique
* Internal design negotiation
* Designer development

I think this issue becomes significant for larger design organizations (50+)
and I'm coming at the problem from an org 200+ . Any input would be
appreciated.

Thanks!

Mike

23 Aug 2007 - 10:02pm
LukeW
2004

Mike,
I wrote a series of articles on organizing design groups a bit ago:

It’s hard to work in a large design team without getting at least
somewhat involved in how the group is organized. During my time
within such teams, I’ve been a part of many discussions and
iterations of different organization models.
http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?377

In this organizational model, Product Leads and Strategic Designers
often work on the same product but in different roles and at varying
capacities.
http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?378

Within a large design group you are likely to encounter two
distinguishing career goals: designers who want to manage others and
designers who don’t. As a result, it makes sense for the
organizational structure of the group to support the career goals of
both individual contributors and managers.
http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?380

Hope they help. thanks~

On Aug 23, 2007, at 5:54 PM, Mike Wood wrote:
> Does anyone know of any books/articles that describe successes with
> design
> studio organizations?
> I have seen solutions that attempt to devide these skillsets into
> two tracks: a management track and a
> design track.

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24 Aug 2007 - 6:37am
John Wood
2005

Hi Mike,
I bought a relevant book recently, but haven't had a chance to do
much more than skim through it yet, so I can offer no more review
than it seems worth a look. It does include interviews and case
studies on organisations like IDEO and Dyson:

Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and
Implementation, Kathryn Best, Ava Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 782940373123

Here it is on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Design-Management-Managing-Strategy-
Implementation/dp/2940373124/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7613262-8876807?
ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187955367&sr=8-1

Hope this helps

John

On 24 Aug 2007, at 01:13, Mike Wood wrote:

> Hello,
>
> Does anyone know of any books/articles that describe successes with
> design
> studio organizations? Design studio orgs present the unique
> challenge of
> integrating those skilled at management with those skilled at
> design, which
> can often call on different skillsets. There can result discomfort
> in that
> the skilled designer has trouble influencing the organization and the
> skilled manager has trouble influencing design. I have seen
> solutions that
> attempt to devide these skillsets into two tracks: a management
> track and a
> design track.
>
> Skillset divisions might be:
>
> Management Leadership
> * Workpartner negotiations
> * Resource management
> * Implementation escalation
>
> Design Leadership
> * Design critique
> * Internal design negotiation
> * Designer development
>
> I think this issue becomes significant for larger design
> organizations (50+)
> and I'm coming at the problem from an org 200+ . Any input would be
> appreciated.
>
>
> Thanks!
>
> Mike
> ________________________________________________________________
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2 Sep 2007 - 11:23am
Michael Wood
2007

Thanks everyone for the resources, I will check them out.

Luke, our studio is trying to embrace your last point about supporting
designers who want to manage others and those who don't. It is a recent
change so the jury is still out but some of the early issues are dividing
responsabilities and design authority.

Going to check out your articles now.

Thanks,

Mike

On 8/24/07, Christina Wodtke <cwodtke at eleganthack.com> wrote:
>
> I recommend Creative Company-- many interesting practices
> http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Company-Became-Agency-Agencies
>
> John Wood wrote:
>
> Hi Mike,
> I bought a relevant book recently, but haven't had a chance to do
> much more than skim through it yet, so I can offer no more review
> than it seems worth a look. It does include interviews and case
> studies on organisations like IDEO and Dyson:
>
> Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and
> Implementation, Kathryn Best, Ava Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 782940373123
>
> Here it is on Amazon.com <http://amazon.com/>:
> http://www.amazon.com/Design-Management-Managing-Strategy-
> Implementation/dp/2940373124/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7613262-8876807?
> ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187955367&sr=8-1
>
> Hope this helps
>
> John
>
> On 24 Aug 2007, at 01:13, Mike Wood wrote:
>
>
>
> Hello,
>
> Does anyone know of any books/articles that describe successes with
> design
> studio organizations? Design studio orgs present the unique
> challenge of
> integrating those skilled at management with those skilled at
> design, which
> can often call on different skillsets. There can result discomfort
> in that
> the skilled designer has trouble influencing the organization and the
> skilled manager has trouble influencing design. I have seen
> solutions that
> attempt to devide these skillsets into two tracks: a management
> track and a
> design track.
>
> Skillset divisions might be:
>
> Management Leadership
> * Workpartner negotiations
> * Resource management
> * Implementation escalation
>
> Design Leadership
> * Design critique
> * Internal design negotiation
> * Designer development
>
> I think this issue becomes significant for larger design
> organizations (50+)
> and I'm coming at the problem from an org 200+ . Any input would be
> appreciated.
>
>
> Thanks!
>
> Mike
> ________________________________________________________________
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>
>

2 Sep 2007 - 11:40am
Mark Schraad
2006

I have seen designers go to the Principle Design role... roughly the
equivalent of an art director, but usually without direct managerial
responsibility, for those who want to focus purely on the work. For
the life of me I don't understand this - but to each his/her own. The
opportunity to learn, grow and become a much better designer by
mentoring, teaching and managing is such a great experience. Same
thing for teaching design at a local college or even jr college. You
get back so much.

Mark

Also - check out a great DMI paper called 'Leveraging Design's Core
Competencies' by Chris Conley (IIT Institute of Design)

On Sep 2, 2007, at 12:23 PM, Mike Wood wrote:

> Thanks everyone for the resources, I will check them out.
>
> Luke, our studio is trying to embrace your last point about supporting
> designers who want to manage others and those who don't. It is a
> recent
> change so the jury is still out but some of the early issues are
> dividing
> responsabilities and design authority.
>
> Going to check out your articles now.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Mike
>
> On 8/24/07, Christina Wodtke <cwodtke at eleganthack.com> wrote:
>>
>> I recommend Creative Company-- many interesting practices
>> http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Company-Became-Agency-Agencies
>>
>> John Wood wrote:
>>
>> Hi Mike,
>> I bought a relevant book recently, but haven't had a chance to do
>> much more than skim through it yet, so I can offer no more review
>> than it seems worth a look. It does include interviews and case
>> studies on organisations like IDEO and Dyson:
>>
>> Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and
>> Implementation, Kathryn Best, Ava Publishing, 2006. ISBN:
>> 782940373123
>>
>> Here it is on Amazon.com <http://amazon.com/>:
>> http://www.amazon.com/Design-Management-Managing-Strategy-
>> Implementation/dp/2940373124/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7613262-8876807?
>> ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187955367&sr=8-1
>>
>> Hope this helps
>>
>> John
>>
>> On 24 Aug 2007, at 01:13, Mike Wood wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> Does anyone know of any books/articles that describe successes with
>> design
>> studio organizations? Design studio orgs present the unique
>> challenge of
>> integrating those skilled at management with those skilled at
>> design, which
>> can often call on different skillsets. There can result discomfort
>> in that
>> the skilled designer has trouble influencing the organization and the
>> skilled manager has trouble influencing design. I have seen
>> solutions that
>> attempt to devide these skillsets into two tracks: a management
>> track and a
>> design track.
>>
>> Skillset divisions might be:
>>
>> Management Leadership
>> * Workpartner negotiations
>> * Resource management
>> * Implementation escalation
>>
>> Design Leadership
>> * Design critique
>> * Internal design negotiation
>> * Designer development
>>
>> I think this issue becomes significant for larger design
>> organizations (50+)
>> and I'm coming at the problem from an org 200+ . Any input would be
>> appreciated.
>>
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Mike
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> List Guidelines ............ http://beta.ixda.org/guidelines
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>> ________________________________________________________________
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>>
>> --
>> Christina Wodtke
>> Principal Instigator
>> 415-577-2550
>>
>>
>> Business :: http://www.cucinamedia.com
>> Magazine :: http://www.boxesandarrows.com
>> Product :: http://www.publicsquarehq.com
>> Personal :: http://www.eleganthack.com
>> Book :: http://www.blueprintsfortheweb.com
>> cwodtke at eleganthack.com
>>
>>
> ________________________________________________________________
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4 Sep 2007 - 9:20am
cfmdesigns
2004

The old saw about "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach" has its reverse: "Those who can teach."

It shouldn't be all that mysterious: some people are just not suited for teaching, mentoring, etc. It really takes special skills and drive to do it well, and maybe we're better off with people recognizing when that's not a role they are suited for.

-- Jim Drew / CFM Designs
cfmdesigns at earthlink.net

----- Original message -----
From: Mark Schraad <mschraad at mac.com>

I have seen designers go to the Principle Design role... roughly the
equivalent of an art director, but usually without direct managerial
responsibility, for those who want to focus purely on the work. For
the life of me I don't understand this - but to each his/her own. The
opportunity to learn, grow and become a much better designer by
mentoring, teaching and managing is such a great experience.

4 Sep 2007 - 11:47am
Jarod Tang
2007

some addtional resource
*The Ten Faces of
Innovation<http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Faces-Innovation-Strategies-Organization/dp/0385512074/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-6875246-9450537?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188924163&sr=8-1>
*
*The Art of Innovation<http://www.amazon.com/Art-Innovation-Thomas-Kelley/dp/186197583X/ref=sr_1_2/102-6875246-9450537?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188924268&sr=1-2>
*

these books are the notes from the ideo guys, it's quite interesting to read
and also stimulate the thinking about design (team) managment

Cheers
-- Jarod

On 8/24/07, John Wood <john.wood at iqcontent.com> wrote:
>
> Hi Mike,
> I bought a relevant book recently, but haven't had a chance to do
> much more than skim through it yet, so I can offer no more review
> than it seems worth a look. It does include interviews and case
> studies on organisations like IDEO and Dyson:
>
> Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and
> Implementation, Kathryn Best, Ava Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 782940373123
>
> Here it is on Amazon.com:
>
> http://www.amazon.com/Design-Management-Managing-Strategy-
> Implementation/dp/2940373124/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7613262-8876807?
> ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187955367&sr=8-1
>
> Hope this helps
>
> John
>
> On 24 Aug 2007, at 01:13, Mike Wood wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > Does anyone know of any books/articles that describe successes with
> > design
> > studio organizations? Design studio orgs present the unique
> > challenge of
> > integrating those skilled at management with those skilled at
> > design, which
> > can often call on different skillsets. There can result discomfort
> > in that
> > the skilled designer has trouble influencing the organization and the
> > skilled manager has trouble influencing design. I have seen
> > solutions that
> > attempt to devide these skillsets into two tracks: a management
> > track and a
> > design track.
> >
> > Skillset divisions might be:
> >
> > Management Leadership
> > * Workpartner negotiations
> > * Resource management
> > * Implementation escalation
> >
> > Design Leadership
> > * Design critique
> > * Internal design negotiation
> > * Designer development
> >
> > I think this issue becomes significant for larger design
> > organizations (50+)
> > and I'm coming at the problem from an org 200+ . Any input would be
> > appreciated.
> >
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Mike
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
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> >
>
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10 Sep 2007 - 11:50am
Michael Wood
2007

Hi Christina, your amazon link is broken, what is the title of the book?

Thanks!

Mike

On 9/4/07, Jarod Tang <jarod.tang at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> some addtional resource
> *The Ten Faces of Innovation<http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Faces-Innovation-Strategies-Organization/dp/0385512074/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-6875246-9450537?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188924163&sr=8-1>
> *
> *The Art of Innovation<http://www.amazon.com/Art-Innovation-Thomas-Kelley/dp/186197583X/ref=sr_1_2/102-6875246-9450537?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188924268&sr=1-2>
> *
>
> these books are the notes from the ideo guys, it's quite interesting to
> read and also stimulate the thinking about design (team) managment
>
> Cheers
> -- Jarod
>
> On 8/24/07, John Wood <john.wood at iqcontent.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi Mike,
> > I bought a relevant book recently, but haven't had a chance to do
> > much more than skim through it yet, so I can offer no more review
> > than it seems worth a look. It does include interviews and case
> > studies on organisations like IDEO and Dyson:
> >
> > Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and
> > Implementation, Kathryn Best, Ava Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 782940373123
> >
> > Here it is on Amazon.com <http://amazon.com/>:
> >
> > http://www.amazon.com/Design-Management-Managing-Strategy-
> > Implementation/dp/2940373124/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7613262-8876807?
> > ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187955367&sr=8-1
> >
> > Hope this helps
> >
> > John
> >
> > On 24 Aug 2007, at 01:13, Mike Wood wrote:
> >
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > Does anyone know of any books/articles that describe successes with
> > > design
> > > studio organizations? Design studio orgs present the unique
> > > challenge of
> > > integrating those skilled at management with those skilled at
> > > design, which
> > > can often call on different skillsets. There can result discomfort
> > > in that
> > > the skilled designer has trouble influencing the organization and the
> > > skilled manager has trouble influencing design. I have seen
> > > solutions that
> > > attempt to devide these skillsets into two tracks: a management
> > > track and a
> > > design track.
> > >
> > > Skillset divisions might be:
> > >
> > > Management Leadership
> > > * Workpartner negotiations
> > > * Resource management
> > > * Implementation escalation
> > >
> > > Design Leadership
> > > * Design critique
> > > * Internal design negotiation
> > > * Designer development
> > >
> > > I think this issue becomes significant for larger design
> > > organizations (50+)
> > > and I'm coming at the problem from an org 200+ . Any input would be
> > > appreciated.
> > >
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > Mike
> > > ________________________________________________________________
> > > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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> >
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>
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10 Sep 2007 - 12:02pm
Michael Wood
2007

I also think it depends on your organization. If you are at a larger
company, management can bring on additional responsabilities that go beyond
teaching, mentoring and designing. Instead you might be in meetings with
other parts of the organization, business meetings, customer meetings, etc.

On 9/4/07, Jarod Tang <jarod.tang at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> some addtional resource
> *The Ten Faces of Innovation<http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Faces-Innovation-Strategies-Organization/dp/0385512074/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-6875246-9450537?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188924163&sr=8-1>
> *
> *The Art of Innovation<http://www.amazon.com/Art-Innovation-Thomas-Kelley/dp/186197583X/ref=sr_1_2/102-6875246-9450537?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188924268&sr=1-2>
> *
>
> these books are the notes from the ideo guys, it's quite interesting to
> read and also stimulate the thinking about design (team) managment
>
> Cheers
> -- Jarod
>
> On 8/24/07, John Wood <john.wood at iqcontent.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi Mike,
> > I bought a relevant book recently, but haven't had a chance to do
> > much more than skim through it yet, so I can offer no more review
> > than it seems worth a look. It does include interviews and case
> > studies on organisations like IDEO and Dyson:
> >
> > Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and
> > Implementation, Kathryn Best, Ava Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 782940373123
> >
> > Here it is on Amazon.com <http://amazon.com/>:
> >
> > http://www.amazon.com/Design-Management-Managing-Strategy-
> > Implementation/dp/2940373124/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-7613262-8876807?
> > ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187955367&sr=8-1
> >
> > Hope this helps
> >
> > John
> >
> > On 24 Aug 2007, at 01:13, Mike Wood wrote:
> >
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > Does anyone know of any books/articles that describe successes with
> > > design
> > > studio organizations? Design studio orgs present the unique
> > > challenge of
> > > integrating those skilled at management with those skilled at
> > > design, which
> > > can often call on different skillsets. There can result discomfort
> > > in that
> > > the skilled designer has trouble influencing the organization and the
> > > skilled manager has trouble influencing design. I have seen
> > > solutions that
> > > attempt to devide these skillsets into two tracks: a management
> > > track and a
> > > design track.
> > >
> > > Skillset divisions might be:
> > >
> > > Management Leadership
> > > * Workpartner negotiations
> > > * Resource management
> > > * Implementation escalation
> > >
> > > Design Leadership
> > > * Design critique
> > > * Internal design negotiation
> > > * Designer development
> > >
> > > I think this issue becomes significant for larger design
> > > organizations (50+)
> > > and I'm coming at the problem from an org 200+ . Any input would be
> > > appreciated.
> > >
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > Mike
> > > ________________________________________________________________
> > > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
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> >
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>
>
>
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>
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