Writing Design: Words and Objects

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Grace Lees-Maffei
Berg, Jan 17, 2012 - Architecture - 259 pages
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Writing Design provides a unique look at the process and consequences of converting the material properties of designed goods into verbal or textual description. It examines how we learn about the objects that surround us: we gather sensory information by viewing and using objects, but we also learn about objects through the written and spoken word, from product labels, store signage, and recommendations from friends, social media and traditional media.

Even as design commentators have become increasingly preoccupied with issues of mediation, the intersection of design and language has remained, heretofore, under-explored. Issues discussed in this book include the role of text in informing design consumption, designing with and through language, and the challenges and opportunities raised by design without language. Bringing together a wide range of scholars and practitioners, Writing Design reveals the difficulties, ethics and politics of writing about design.

 

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Contents

Writing Design
1
RIGHTING DESIGNON THE REFORMING ROLE OF DESIGN CRITICISM
17
MEDIATIONSBETWEEN DESIGN AND CONSUMPTION
75
DESIGNING WITH AND THROUGH LANGUAGE
131
SHOWING AS TELLINGON DESIGN BEYOND TEXT
187
Select Bibliography
243
Index
253
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About the author (2012)

Grace Lees-Maffei is Reader in Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and is co-editor of The Design History Reader (Berg, 2010).

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