Cloth $24.00 ISBN: 9781780239125 Will Publish March 2018 For sale in North and South America only

Listening to Design

A Guide to the Creative Process

Andrew Levitt

Listening to Design

Andrew Levitt

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208 pages | 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 | © 2018
Cloth $24.00 ISBN: 9781780239125 Will Publish March 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Listening to Design takes readers on a unique journey into the singular psychology of design. Drawing on his experience as a teacher, architect, and psychotherapist, Andrew Levitt breaks down the entire creative process, from the first moments an idea appears to the final presentation of a project. Combining telling anecdotes, practical advice, and personal insights, this book offers a rarely seen glimpse into the often turbulent creative process of a working designer. It highlights the importance of active listening, the essential role of empathy in solving problems and overcoming obstacles, and reveals how the act of designing is a vehicle for personal development and a profound opportunity for self-transformation.

With clear, jargon-free, and inspirational prose, sections on “Storytelling and the Big Idea,” “Listening and Receiving,” “Getting Stuck,” “Empathy and Collaboration,” and “Presenting and Persuading” signal a larger shift in design toward staying true to creative instincts and learning to trust the surprising power and resilience of the creative process itself. This enlightening and timely book is essential reading for designers, architects, and readers working in all creative fields.
Review Quotes
Roger Connah, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University
“With a psychotherapist’s background, Levitt shows how a skillful method and a generous ear can cajole and invite a design discipline that can think back on itself. . . . Imbued with a sense of necessary detachment, in Listening to Design Levitt allows students of design and others to recognize the excitement and cognitive anxiety that play off each other to make up some of our most successful projects.”
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