Design: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction by John HeskettDesign: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction by John Heskett

Design: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

byJohn Heskett

Paperback | July 13, 2005

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John Heskett wants to transform the way we think about design by showing how integral it is to our daily lives, from the spoon we use to eat our breakfast cereal, and the car we drive to work in, to the medical equipment used to save lives. Design combines 'need' and 'desire' in the form of apractical object that can also reflect the user's identity and aspirations through its form and decoration.This concise guide to contemporary design goes beyond style and taste to look at how different cultures and individuals personalize objects. Heskett also reveals how simple objects, such as a toothpick, can have their design modified to suit the specific cultural behaviour in different countries.There are also fascinating insights into how major companies such as Nokia, Ford, and Sony approach design. Finally, the author gives us an exciting vision of what design can offer us in the future, showing in particular how it can humanize new technology.
John Heskett's analysis of design as the result of social and economic influences has earned him an international reputation as an important commentator on design. He is the author of Industrial Design (Thames and Hudson, 1980; published in translation in Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Brazil, and Japan) widely used as a basic textbook...
Title:Design: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:July 13, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192854461

ISBN - 13:9780192854469

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What is Design? Very short, but enough to make you think. Which is s the point. This was a university book of mine and I found it interesting. Makes you really think about the meaning of design. What I took from it? Art can be done for art's sake. Design must always have a purpose.
Date published: 2017-07-28

Table of Contents

1. What is Design?2. Utility and Symbolism3. Objects4. Communications5. Environments6. Systems7. Contexts8. Identities9. FuturesFurther ReadingIndex

Editorial Reviews

`Review from previous edition 'Erudite and well-researched...should be essential reading for students, educationalists, practising designers, industrialists and government.''Terence Conran