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Thinking, objects: contemporary approaches to product design

Thinking, objects: contemporary approaches to product design

Parsons, Tim

Thinking: Objects: Contemporary Approaches to Product Design discusses influences on modern product design such as globalization, technology, the media and the need for a sustainable future, and demonstrates how readers can incorporate these influences into their own work. The book also discusses how readers can learn to read the signals an object sends, interpret meaning and discover historical context.Thinking: Objects provides an essential reference tool that will enable you to find your own style and succeed in the industry

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Published Lausanne: AVA Academia, c2009
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Statement of responsibility: Tim Parsons
ISBN: 2940439311, 9782940373741, 9782940439317
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: "An AVA Academia advanced title."
Physical Description: 208 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)
Subject: Design, Industrial Case studies.; Design, Industrial.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  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.