Design for the real world: human ecology and social change
Design for the Real Worm has, since its first appearance twenty 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.
Review: Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social ChangeUser Review - Kara Pecknold - Goodreads
Essential for a designer but equally relevant for those who are interested in the topic. Papanek was ahead of his time and we continue to attempt to live up to his commentary from years ago. Read full review