In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World (Google eBook)

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MIT Press, Feb 17, 2006 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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We're filling up the world with technology and devices, but we've lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World.These are tough questions for the pushers of technology to answer. Our economic system is centered on technology, so it would be no small matter if "tech" ceased to be an end-in-itself in our daily lives.Technology is not going to go away, but the time to discuss the end it will serve is before we deploy it, not after. We need to ask what purpose will be served by the broadband communications, smart materials, wearable computing, and connected appliances that we're unleashing upon the world. We need to ask what impact all this stuff will have on our daily lives. Who will look after it, and how?In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people. Thackara describes a transformation that is taking place now -- not in a remote science fiction future; it's not about, as he puts it, "the schlock of the new" but about radical innovation already emerging in daily life. We are regaining respect for what people can do that technology can't. In the Bubble describes services designed to help people carry out daily activities in new ways. Many of these services involve technology -- ranging from body implants to wide-bodied jets. But objects and systems play a supporting role in a people-centered world. The design focus is on services, not things. And new principles -- above all, lightness -- inform the way these services are designed and used. At the heart of In the Bubble is a belief, informed by a wealth of real-world examples, that ethics and responsibility can inform design decisions without impeding social and technical innovation.
  

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Review: In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World

User Review  - Yu Zhu - Goodreads

The first two chapters are cool,then the logic goes a little bit messy. The theory is awesome but if you even can't make this method noticed by designer, it's just academic. Read full review

Review: In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World

User Review  - Chiara - Goodreads

Quite amazing and scary at the same time. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Lightness
9
Speed
29
Mobility
51
Locality
73
Situation
97
Conviviality
113
Learning
135
Literacy
161
Smartness
185
Flow
211
Notes
227
What to Read Next
283
Bibliography
287
Index
297
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