Design of Everyday Life

Design of Everyday Life

by Elizabeth Shove, Matthew Watson, Jack Ingram, Martin Hand
     
 

How do common household items such as basic plastic house wares or high-tech digital cameras transform our daily lives? The Design of Everyday Life considers this question in detail, from the design of products through to their use in the home. Drawing on interviews with consumers themselves, the authors look at how everyday objects, ranging from

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Overview

How do common household items such as basic plastic house wares or high-tech digital cameras transform our daily lives? The Design of Everyday Life considers this question in detail, from the design of products through to their use in the home. Drawing on interviews with consumers themselves, the authors look at how everyday objects, ranging from screwdrivers to photo management software, are used on a practical level. Closely investigating the design, production and use of mass-market goods, the authors offer new interpretations of how consumers' needs are met and manufactured. They examine the dynamic interaction of products with everyday practices. The Design of Everyday Life offers a fresh perspective on material culture, drawing crucial--and previously overlooked--links between design, consumption and use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845206826
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
02/19/2008
Series:
Cultures of Consumption Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. Designing and Consuming
• 2. Consumption and Competence: DIY Projects
• 3. The Dynamics of Appropriation: Reproducing Digital Photography
• 4. The Material and Culture of Plastic
• 5. The Political Economy of Design and Value
• 6. Objects, Practices and Processes
• Conclusion

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