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Thinking, objects: contemporary approaches to product design

Thinking, objects: contemporary approaches to product design

Parsons, Tim

A guide to great product design, this book reveals how designers can learn to read the signals an object sends, interpret meaning, discover historical context and use those messages in their own new product designs

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Lausanne: AVA Academia, c2009
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Statement of responsibility: Tim Parsons
ISBN: 2940373744, 9782940373741
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: "An AVA Academia advanced title."
Physical Description: 208 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.
Subject: Industrial design Case studies.; Industrial design; Industrial design.


  1. How to get the most out of this book. Introduction. Perception: Design and politics
  2. Value and the object
  3. Reading form. Motivation: Conforming, reforming or contesting
  4. Defining approaches
  5. Aesthetic refinement
  6. Collective memory and behaviour
  7. Social inclusion
  8. Materials and processes
  9. Technological innovation
  10. Ethics
  11. Sustainability
  12. Participation
  13. Strategies and services
  14. Design for debate. Process: The elusive design process
  15. Design methodology
  16. Thinking tools
  17. Observation
  18. Ideas generation
  19. Drawing
  20. Maquette and model-making. Context: Employment
  21. Commission
  22. Speculation. Sources: Bibliography
  23. Picture credits
  24. Acknowledgements.