'How to Create Better Ideas' gives insight in the design process and how to create better ideas with examples ranging from Precious Plastic to the Sheltersuit. It is divided into two sections: the right and left brain. The first part analyses the general design process. The second part introduces six self developed methods that teach you to create more and better visual ideas relevant for all design disciplines. It is a book for anyone who would like to learn and understand design more in-depth. For anyone who wants to know the answers to these questions: what is design, what is creativity, what mentality and conditions are needed to guarantee a productive design process. For design educators and students, and for those working with designers as a client or commissioner. But definitely also for design professionals that want to boost their ability to create visual ideas.
Joost Roozekrans is a designer, creative director and senior design lecturer based in the Hague, The Netherlands. He has worked as a design professional for 30 years in The Netherlands, United Kingdom and China, with a focus on designing visual brand identities and design education. Currently, he is active as an independent designer, teaches design and gives workshops for professionals. Roozekrans worked as a senior designer for The Guardian newspaper and Studio Dumbar, where he became the creative team leader and eventually the creative director for the Shanghai office. He is the co-founder of two design studios: NLXL (The Hague) and SparkyTiger (Shanghai). Next to his work as a designer, he also lectured on branding and identity design in Shanghai.