Design Studies: A Reader

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Overview

Design Studies: A Reader is the ideal entry point for any student who wants to understand the many complex roles of design—as process, product, function, symbol, and use.

Reflecting the diverse range of perspectives on design, the reader brings together over 70 key texts. The essays are presented in themed sections covering history, methods, theory, visuality, identity, consumption, labor, industrialization, new technology, sustainability, and globalization. Each section is separately introduced and each concluded with a guide to further reading.

Authors include: Theodor Adorno, Arjun Appadurai, Rayner Banham, Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Cheryl Buckley, Michel de Certeau, Margaret Crawford, Michel Foucault, Buckminster Fuller, Paul du Gay, Erving Goffman, Donna Haraway, John Chris Jones, Guy Julier, Naomi Klein, Ezio Manzini, Victor Margolin, and many others. In addition, a final section of specially commissioned essays analyzes 10 seminal designs of the 20th Century, from Helvetica to the cell phone.

Bringing together the best classic and contemporary writing, Design Studies: A Reader will be invaluable to all students of Design as well as to students of Architecture, Art, Material Culture and Sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847882363
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Pages: 658
  • Sales rank: 676,508
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Hazel Clark is Chair of the Dept. of Art and Design Studies and David Brody is Assistant Professor of Design Studies, both at Parsons the New School for Design, New York. Hazel Clark is co-editor of Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion and The Fabric of Cultures: Fashion, Identity and Globalization. David Brody's forthcoming book is Visualizing Empire: Orientalism and American Imperialism in the Philippines.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction, Hazel Clark and David Brody
SECTION I: HISTORY OF DESIGN
I.1: DESIGN HISTORIES
I.2: DESIGN HISTORY AS A DISCIPLINE
SECTION II: DESIGN THINKING
II.1: DESIGN PHILOSOPHIES AND THEORIES
II.2: DESIGN RESEARCH
II: 3 DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS
SECTION III: THEORIZING DESIGN AND VISUALITY
III.1: AESTHETICS
III.2: ETHICS
III.3: POLITICS
III.4 MATERIAL CULTURE AND SOCIAL INTERACTIONS
SECTION IV: IDENTITY AND CONSUMPTION
IV.1: VIRTUAL IDENTITY AND DESIGN
IV.2: GENDER AND DESIGN
IV.3: CONSUMPTION
SECTION V: LABOR, INDUSTRIALIZATION AND NEW TECHNOLOGY
V.1: LABOR AND THE PRODUCTION OF DESIGN
V.2: INDUSTRIALIZATION AND POST INDUSTRIALIZATION
V.3: NEW DESIGN AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
SECTION VI: DESIGN AND GLOBAL ISSUES
VI.1: GLOBALIZATION
VI.2: EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
VI.3: SUSTAINABILITY
SECTION VII: DESIGN THINGS
Annotated Guide to Further Reading
Bibliography

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    JUST DON'T... please

    well I bought it because I had to. One of the editors is a teacher and he makes it mandatory. If you buy it retail its 85 dollars, I found it online for about 20... I still feel cheated.
    Funny how pride on the cover is "edited by"... well these editors did a fine job of making run-on-and-on-and-on sentences and crunched words so close in some spots that whole sentences become a single word... truly shameful.
    DO NOTE: there are NO colors, most texts are dense as the book is thick (over 500 pages), introductions are long enough to be topics on their own... etc.

    It does inform on certain subjects... that you would find online anyways.

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