Design

Design

A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2005
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Gardners
Aiming to transform the way we think about design, this work shows how integral it is to our lives, from the spoon we use to eat our breakfast cereal to the medical equipment used to save lives. It also looks at how cultures and individuals personalise objects, and gives insights into how companies such as Nokia, Ford, and Sony approach design.

Blackwell North Amer
This Very Short Introduction looks beyond style and taste to see how different cultures and individuals personalize objects. Heskett shows that contemporary design combines 'need' and 'desire' to form practical objects that reflect our identity and aspirations through form and decoration.

Oxford University Press
John Heskett wants to transform the way we think about design by showing how integral it is to our daily lives, from the spoon we use to eat our breakfast cereal, and the car we drive to work in, to the medical equipment used to save lives. Design combines "need" and "desire" in the form of a practical object that can also reflect the user's identity and aspirations through its form and decoration. This concise guide to contemporary design goes beyond style and taste to look at how different cultures and individuals personalize objects. Heskett also reveals how simple objects, such as a toothpick, can have their design modified to suit the specific cultural behavior in different countries. There are also fascinating insights into how major companies such as Nokia, Ford, and Sony approach design. Finally, Heskett gives us an exciting vision of what design can offer us in the future, showing in particular how it can humanize new technology.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780192854469
0192854461
Characteristics: 148 p. : ill. ; 18 cm

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Apr 26, 2018

This is a rather concise book that covers many areas of design: graphics, objects, environments, systems, and more. Its well organized, and the writing is lucid and terse; many ideas are introduced, developed, and examples given to illustrate the salient points, often with exceptions and qualifications. There are no graphs or diagrams, but there are pictures that exemplify what is being discussed. The further reading guide is a bit short, and British-slanted.

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