Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change

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Academy Chicago, 1984 - Design - 394 pages
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Design for the Real World has, since its first appearance twenty-five years ago, become a classic. Translated into twenty-three languages, it is one of the world's most widely read books on design. In this edition, Victor Papanek examines the attempts by designers to combat the tawdry, the unsafe, the frivolous, the useless product, once again providing a blueprint for sensible, responsible design in this world which is deficient in resources and energy.

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This book, while engaging in several rants, still makes extremely valid points about the necessity for functionality (which includes aesthetics) in design. I had to read this for my architecture studio. I recommend it, for it is good to be familiar with the ideas even if you don't endorse them. 

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A mixed bag: At his best, (towards the start of the book) the author has some great ideas about the responsibilities that designers have to change the world, and presents some fascinating ideas for ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT IS DESIGN?
3
DESIGN FOR SURVIVAL AND SURVIVAL
322
Index
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