On Line and On Paper: Visual Representations, Visual Culture, and Computer Graphics in Design Engineering / Edition 1

On Line and On Paper: Visual Representations, Visual Culture, and Computer Graphics in Design Engineering / Edition 1

by Kathryn Henderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262082691

ISBN-13: 9780262082693

Pub. Date: 12/01/1998

Publisher: MIT Press

The role of representation in the production of technoscientific knowledge has become a subject of great interest in recent years. In this book, sociologist and art critic Kathryn Henderson offers a new perspective on this topic by exploring the impact of computer graphic systems on the visual culture of engineering design. Henderson shows how designers use drawings…  See more details below

Overview

The role of representation in the production of technoscientific knowledge has become a subject of great interest in recent years. In this book, sociologist and art critic Kathryn Henderson offers a new perspective on this topic by exploring the impact of computer graphic systems on the visual culture of engineering design. Henderson shows how designers use drawings both to organize work and knowledge and to recruit and organize resources, political support, and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262082693
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
Inside Technology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
249
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Coding and Claiming: Codification and the Rise of Engineering as a Profession15
3The Visual Culture of Engineers: Drawing, Seeing, and Standardizing Perception25
4The Yellow Brick Road to Production: Development of a Turbine Engine Package59
5The Political Career of a Prototype: Development of a Precision Medical Instrument107
6Computer Graphics in Design Engineering: How and Why Changes in Visual Culture Cause Restructuring135
7Mixed-Use Practices: Combining the Electronic World and the Paper World167
8The Aura of "High Tech" in a World of Messy Practice: Standardization, Mystification, and Glamour185
9The Power of Visual Representations: Mixed Practices, Multivisual Competencies, and Meta-indexicals199
Notes209
References217
Index229

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