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Design Notebook Professional Documentation Design Notebook This PowerPoint covers the following: Justifications Do’s and Don’ts Guidelines Project Requirements Justification Temptation to “blow off” the design notebook They provide relevant and usable documentation about your work

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Design Notebook

Professional Documentation


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Design Notebook

  • This PowerPoint covers the following:

    • Justifications

    • Do’s and Don’ts

    • Guidelines

    • Project Requirements


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Justification

  • Temptation to “blow off” the design notebook

  • They provide relevant and usable documentation about your work

  • The better the notebook the better the project down the road

  • The more useful the notebook is to you the more likely it is to be a good design notebook


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Justification

  • The process serves as professional development

  • Such notebooks are also used in patent disputes as evidence

  • Design notebooks are evidence to your employer of the work you have done

  • They can also improve communication with clients by offering a specific focal point


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Design Notebook Don’ts

  • Don’t just fill it with illegible scribbles and bulleted lists

  • Don’t leave out important information

  • Don’t just recount what you did without providing some future direction

  • Don’t write it for right now


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Design Notebook Do’s

  • Do use the notebook for inventive brainstorming

  • Do provide reliable documentation

  • Do focus on relevant information

  • Do create usable notations that allow for future action


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Invention

  • Collect your ideas about the client’s needs and constraints

  • Interpret your experiences with the client in order to assess their situation and your communication

  • Develop project ideas based on your reflections about client needs


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Reliability

  • Be consistent in format, dating and terminology

  • Draw on credible sources and include references which allow for future retrieval

  • Provide enough information to prove that you are doing good work

  • Reference specifics about interactions with clients to support your interpretations


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Relevance

  • Write with an eye on how information fits in with the larger project and client’s needs

  • Include conclusions and recommendations; don’t let the information speak for itself

  • Reflect on how your work could contribute to the larger project


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Usability

  • Write the document for yourself, your group and your client in the future

  • Be consistent in format, organization, dating and terminology

  • Write legibly so that you and others can read the document later

  • Focus on the action that your work should produce

  • Compile notebook to aid in composing the project charter


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Guidelines

  • Use the notebook for inventive brainstorming

  • Provide reliable documentation

  • Focus on relevant information

  • Create usable notations that allow for future action


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Exercise

  • Take 15 minutes to create a design notebook entry detailing how this presentation will impact your work this summer. Consider the Do’s and Don’ts and follow the guidelines of successful design notebooks.



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