Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design
This book presents for the first time in English an array of essays on design by the seminal media critic and philosopher Vilém Flusser. It puts forward the view that our future depends on design. In a series of insightful essays on such ordinary "things" as wheels, carpets, pots, umbrellas and tents, Flusser emphasizes the interrelationships between art and science, theology and technology, and archaeology and architecture. Just as formal creativity has produced both weapons of destruction and great works of art, Flusser believed that the shape of things (and the designs behind them) represents both a threat and an opportunity for designers of the future.
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About the Word Design
Form and Material
War and the State of Things
About Forms and Formulae
The Designers Way of Seeing
The Lever Strikes Back
With As Many Holes As a Swiss Cheese
The NonThing 1
The NonThing 2
Shamans and Dancers with Masks
Shelters Screens and Tents
Obstacle forto the Removal of Obstacles
Why Do Typewriters Go Click?
The Ethics of Industrial Design?
Design as Theology
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