Digital by Design: Crafting Technology for Products and Environments

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"An impressive selection of over 100 objects that embrace digital technology."—Library JournalDigital by Design considers the work of design visionaries who are reimagining the relationship between technology, products, immersive environments, and human interaction. The result is a captivating assessment of pioneering approaches in art and design that encompasses a broad spectrum of humanist values, humor, magic, and sensory experiences.
The London-based design firm Troika has selected more than one hundred ...

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Overview

"An impressive selection of over 100 objects that embrace digital technology."—Library JournalDigital by Design considers the work of design visionaries who are reimagining the relationship between technology, products, immersive environments, and human interaction. The result is a captivating assessment of pioneering approaches in art and design that encompasses a broad spectrum of humanist values, humor, magic, and sensory experiences.
The London-based design firm Troika has selected more than one hundred objects and installations that illustrate a new wave of art and design. The book’s introduction offers an overview of the possibilities and practicalities of technological innovation. Then four chapters feature products and cutting-edge objects by emerging and established artists, designers, and engineers. The book is completed by a collection of incisive interviews with some of the most visionary practitioners and critics in this field—Dunne & Raby, Ron Arad, Steven Sacks, and Machiko Kusahara. A useful and comprehensive reference section includes designers’ biographies.
Troika was founded in London in 2003 by Conny Freyer, Sebastien Noel, and Eva Rucki. They have received critical acclaim for, among other projects, their installations “Cloud” and “All the Time in the World” at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. Troika’s work is part of the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the British Council collection, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Three of the principals of Troika, a graphic-and-product design firm based in London (not synonymous with Troika Design Group, the TV branding agency in Hollywood), compiled, wrote, and designed this catalog. Made up of an impressive selection of over 100 objects that embrace digital technology, from the quotidian (a toaster, a telephone, and toys) to the robotic (a drawing machine and a chair that self-destructs and reassembles itself), the book begins with an introductory essay on the impact not only of technology but also of science fiction, postmodernism, and narrative form on today's most innovative designers. Divided into four unintelligibly titled sections, the beautifully illustrated-if overdesigned-entries are accompanied by brief introductions to the artists' and designers' work, as well as clear descriptions of the objects featured. The key contribution of this book is the view of the designer not as practical problem solver but as dreamer, inventor, and commentator. Recommended for larger design collections.
—Paul Glassman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500289013
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Paola Antonelli Antonelli, Paola 9

Introduction Troika 10

1 Design Nouveau - Digital forms and electric beauty 14

2 Augmented Art - Narrative technologies and immersive experiences 74

3 Guerrilla Artfare - Disruption and hardware hacking 140

4 Twilight Technologies - Critical design and alternative futures 214

5 Interviews 262

Fictional functions and functional fictions Dunne & Raby 264

Bringing ice to Macondo Ron Arad Arad, Ron 286

Technology as a raw material Steven Sacks Sacks, Steven 272

Device art - media art meets mass production Machiko Kusahara Kusahara, Machiko 274

Appendix 280

Index 280

Biographies 288

Credits 303

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