Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects (Hardcover)

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Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects (Hardcover)

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When and why did the turntable morph from playback device to musical instrument? Why have mobile phones evolved changeable skins? How many meanings can one attach to such mundane things as tennis balls? The answers to such questions illustrate this provocative book, which examines the cultural meanings of things and the role of designers in their design and production. Designing Things provides the reader with a map of the rapidly changing field of design studies, a subject which now draws on a diverse range of theories and methodologies - from philosophy and visual culture, to anthropology and material culture, to media and cultural studies. With clear explanations of key concepts - such as form language, planned obsolescence, object fetishism, product semantics, consumer value and user needs - overviews of theoretical foundations and case studies of historical and contemporary objects, Designing Things looks behind-the-scenes and beneath-the-surface at some of our most familiar and iconic objects.
Prasad Boradkar is Associate Professor of Industrial Design and Director of InnovationSpace at Arizona State University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781845204266
ISBN-10: 1845204263
Publisher: Berg 3pl
Publication Date: June 1st, 2010
Pages: 336
Language: English

A must read for those interested in the world of things. It explains complicated theoretical texts in ways that will delight readers.



A lucid introduction to many of the theoretical perspectives that exist around objects and their design. For students it provides a deep understanding of the social meanings of design in both its production and consumption and the ethical issues that these raise