Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change
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.
Review: Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social ChangeUser Review - Alana Lindner - Goodreads
Great points made regarding responsibilities as designers and makers. A down right feisty read as it starts out with: "There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a few of them ... Read full review