Nigel Cross


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Nigel Cross is Professor of Design Studies and Head of the Department of Design and Innovation at the Faculty of Technology, The Open University, UK. The Department was awarded Grade 5 ratings in the two most recent UK Government research quality assessment exercises (1992 and 1996).

Nigel Cross has been a member of the academic staff of the UK's pioneering, multi-media distance-learning Open University since 1970, where he has been responsible for, or instrumental in, a wide range of courses in design and technology. He has an international reputation in design research, especially in fields of design methodology and the study of design cognition.

Professor Cross is Editor-in-Chief of the international research journal, Design Studies, published quarterly by Elsevier Science in cooperation with the Design Research Society. He has vast experience as a design teacher and an international reputation as a design researcher through books such as Designerly Ways of Knowing and Analysing Design Activity, and editorship of the leading research journal, Design Studies.

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Cross, Nigel (2002): Creative cognition in design: processes of exceptional designers. In: Proceedings of the 2002 Conference on Creativity and Cognition , 2002, . pp. 14-19.

(1997): Analysing Design Activity, Wiley,

Cross, Nigel (2004): How Creative Design Happens. In: 12th IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering RE 2004 6-10 September, 2004, Kyoto, Japan. pp. 2-2.

Mcfadzean, J., Cross, Nigel, Johnson, J. H. (1999): An Analysis of Architectural Visual Reasoning in Conceptual Sketching via Computational Sk. In: IV 1999 , 1999, . pp. 258-265.

Cross, Nigel (2011): Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work, Berg Publishers,

(1996): Analysing Design Activity, Wiley,