Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change

Design for the Real World Human Ecology and Social Change Design for the Real World has since its first appearance twenty years ago become a classic Translated into twenty three languages it is one of the world s most widely read books on design In this e

  • Title: Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change
  • Author: Victor Papanek
  • ISBN: 9780500231
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • Design for the Real World has, since its first appearance twenty years ago, become a classic Translated into twenty three languages, it is one of the world s most widely read books on design In this edition, Victor Papanek examines the attempts by designers to combat the tawdry, the unsafe, the frivolous, the useless product, once again providing a blueprint for sensibleDesign for the Real World has, since its first appearance twenty years ago, become a classic Translated into twenty three languages, it is one of the world s most widely read books on design In this edition, Victor Papanek examines the attempts by designers to combat the tawdry, the unsafe, the frivolous, the useless product, once again providing a blueprint for sensible, responsible design in this world which is deficient in resources and energy.

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    1. Victor Papanek Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change book, this is one of the most wanted Victor Papanek author readers around the world.

    2. What are we to make of the fact that this book, itself a designed object, written with the methodological assistance of a flow chart process, with a direct intention to fill in a clear gap in socially-aware industrial design, is a mess with abrupt shifts in topic and sudden returns to a well-worn discussions? Wouldn't such a presentation engender the criticism that presenting something so clearly important to the writer in such a way lead to undermining that very content with the dismissal that [...]

    3. There are some excellent insights in this book, especially regarding the power of and need for collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams to solve design problems facing the world, but I found Victor's tone a bit combative and I didn't particularly enjoy slogging through an excess of examples of poor design. Even so, I found myself agreeing with him wholeheartedly regarding the role of education in the lives of young designers, as well as the missive to avoid specialization.The book is a product of [...]

    4. Very bold thesis statement! Designers have a strong professional and even moral obligation to create items that are functional, aesthetic and well made (points for ecological sensitivity, too). They should not contribute to mindless consumerism through overbuilding or churning out endless variations of the same essential product. Wonderful sentiments indeed.

    5. Thought provoking and often impassioned but chapters can meander. The main thread of a chapter can get lost amid examples, asides etc. and finishing individual chapters was daunting because material seemed arbitrary at times. Many chapters, however, have snappy attacks on design/industrial design; every now and then there are great frameworks or explanations about design values that might stick with you long after reading. Most of the ideas here are surprisingly prescient and jive well with huma [...]

    6. Very enlightening design book. This book covers the very fundamental of design, as to what design should do and what roads it could pave. You are reminded of the intensely wielding power that industrial design possesses. A quote that has struck me still, after reading this book, is that unlike other fields, designers try to create new problems so that they could construct their own elegant solution towards it.This reminds me of the fingerprint lock for mobile phones. Nobody actually wanted finge [...]

    7. This is a must-read, not just for designers, but for anyone in a creative field. A call for ethics and pride of what you put out in the world. Something I've always admired about science (wrestling with responsibility), but hadn't seen in my field. Well, here it is.The only drawback is that it was last updated in the 80s and so doesn't talk specifically about web design (focused more on physical product design). If anyone knows of a good "updated" design book that talks about human ecology and s [...]

    8. If you want to design products, this book is a five. It's a bit dated in spots, but the author is dead so updates are tough. Many of the same issues still face us, crappy, wasteful buildings, poorly planned urban areas and shoddy consumer products along with the corporate apologists for this mess. Includes how to design thoughts and methods as well as old news.

    9. This is the book that sent me to design school. The first page is a deadly attack on industrial design as the worst profession in the world (second only to advertising). The rest of the book is filled with hope for the potentials that design can have in shaping the world in new, positive, directions.

    10. "first-world" designers teaching poor "third-world" designers how to think/design good luck to the "first-world" people who read this book and believe this is the current design reality in the world

    11. “Having experienced real design work, the designer will forever after feel a little ashamed when he designs a pretty, sexy toaster.” ——Victor Papanek, Design for the Real WorldDesign for the Real World is one of the world’s most widely read books on design. In this book, Victor Papanek denounced marketing-driven design (e.g. obsolescence) and exposed a set of issues by irresponsible design - tawdry, frivolous, useless, unsafe, waste, pollution.In the 2nd half of the book, he claimed th [...]

    12. A kind of terrifying read once you get through it and realize that, while some things have improved, many of the most toxic elements that Papanek rails against have gotten significantly worse.One of the recommended reads for “Human-Computer Interaction”, though would be worthwhile for any designer to at least leaf through.In the end, the utopian ideal of designers being able to refuse work they found morally objectionable is a good one, but like most utopian ideals lives much more easily in [...]

    13. The whole time reading this book I kept wondering why it hadn't been presented to me during my time at design school. This is a fantastic read that touches on ethical and inclusive design. Though written in the 70's I found so much of Papanek's criticism of the practice of design still — very much unfortunately — relevant. Though some language I found was outdated in parts (I did though read an older edition I found in a second hand store)

    14. Очень длинная книга для не-дизайнера. Но, для дизайнеров книга важная, т.к. дизайнерская этика не ограничивается только рисованием интерфейсов или графиков. Важность понять вещей и людей шире очень хорошо передается в книгеitriikuchev/blog/all/desi

    15. Strong and evolutionary ideas, but the examples are quite too long and vapid. Their description distract from the main course of the book.

    16. Великолепная книга. Несмотря на несколько устаревшие факты на которые ссылается автор, книга крайне актуальна и сейчас. Однозначно must read.

    17. BUM!"Zgodnie z oświadczeniem rzecznika z Detroit z 1971 roku przedni zderzak, który działałby przy prędkości 15 km/h, podwyższyłby cenę każdego samochodu o 500 dolarów i, co jest jeszcze bardziej zniechęcające, jego opracowanie miałoby potrwać od trzech do pięciu lat. By wykazać fałszywość tego twierdzenia skorzystałem z dwóch półek na książki o szerokości 30cm i długości 215cm. Między półkami umieściłem blisko osiemdziesiąt pustych puszek po piwie, tworząc co [...]

    18. BUM! "Zgodnie z oświadczeniem rzecznika z Detroit z 1971 roku przedni zderzak, który działałby przy prędkości 15 km/h, podwyższyłby cenę każdego samochodu o 500 dolarów i, co jest jeszcze bardziej zniechęcające, jego opracowanie miałoby potrwać od trzech do pięciu lat. By wykazać fałszywość tego twierdzenia skorzystałem z dwóch półek na książki o szerokości 30cm i długości 215cm. Między półkami umieściłem blisko osiemdziesiąt pustych puszek po piwie, tworząc c [...]

    19. The Many Hues of Charity It’s very easy to become caught in the notion of charity equaling money. We see disasters on television and nothing seems easier than a monetary contribution from the friendly confines of our couch. Some, however, choose to dive deeper. They see a need in the community and they volunteer outside of work hours. Could we go farther? Is there a way to use your time on the clock to help those in need? A divergent thinker, Papanek’s Design for the Real World peregrinates [...]

    20. criticism at its best.why spend your time chrome plating when the underlying mechanism doesn't serve the need nearly as well as it should? Profit. Specializations designed around corporate profit have created a headless monster that no one who drives it can appreciate for what it is. Design should be the cross-disciplinary glue that radically improves upon thoughtless expansion and profit seeking's my opinion that the auto makers have been able to get away with light aesthetic changes to a funda [...]

    21. More or less anyone entering engineering, graphic design, marketing etc should have to read this book. I was sold immediately when I read the preface, "Advertising design, in persuading people to buy thing they don't need, with money they don't have, in order to impress others who don't care, is probably the phoniest field in existence today."The book goes on to talk about how poorly and dangerously designed American cars are, how foreign models are grossly out-building us, and yet for various p [...]

    22. "Turning back to education, we find that part of the philosophical and moral bankruptcy of many design schools and universities likes in the ever-increasing trend to train students to become narrowly vertical specialists, whereas the real need is for broad, horizontal generalists or synthesists." Reads Papanek's condemnation of both design and design education and his vision and prescription for an approach to "integrated design". Writing over 30 years ago, the fact that it is only now reaching [...]

    23. Calling this the "classic design bible" is no stretch of the imagination. Reading this after my first year of architecture school did, and continues to, strongly influence my thinking on design. I return to this book regularly, and cite it often. It contains some truly eye-opening information, and it is a shame that, despite its publication in over 20 languages, it has not had more of an influence on design and design education. Of course everyone has jumped on the William McDonough bandwagon, b [...]

    24. A mixed bag: At his best, (towards the start of the book) the author has some great ideas about the responsibilities that designers have to change the world, and presents some fascinating ideas for how to do so. At his worst, he's failing to understand the economics of price discrimination, making ridiculous claims about manufacturing costs ("my students and I estimate that a television for production in Africa on a cottage basis could be done at a cost of just $30!"), promoting geodesic domes, [...]

    25. Папанек крут. Левый до мозга костей, годами жил и работал в странах третьего мира, разрабатывал дизайн повседневных вещей для инвалидов, неграмотных, детей, бедных, больных, много преподовал. Известен его радиоприемник для отдаленных районов Индии и Индонезии из жестяной б [...]

    26. Papanek likes to ramble. In the closing section of the book he says this is on purpose. He wants the reader to make their own connections. But it does make for hard going some times. I had trouble staying focused. However when Papanek slams the design profession for pandering to the moneymen, and when he passionately argues for integrated, comprehensive, socially responsible design I found myself cheering him on. This dedication to progressing design makes this book as relevant today as it was b [...]

    27. Even if written in 1971, “Design for the real world” by Victor Papanek is still relevant today and probably will always be since it’s advocating responsible design in a world where the resources are getting poorer. He strongly believes that design must be used to shape the society in a positive way by improving the life quality of the ones in need. Anything that does not add functional value is considered by Victor Papanek as a perversion of design. A must-read for designers, but could add [...]

    28. No entiendo por qué, en el 2015, los diseñadores no hemos sido capaces de transmitir el ejercicio de diseño de tal manera que transforme no sólo los productos que utilizamos sino la forma en que vivimos, nos relacionamos, aprendemos, construimos organizaciones y sobre todo somos RESPONSABLES de lo que hacemos.Tengo mucha tarea. Me gustan los libros que me dejan tarea. Lástima que éste tiene 44 años (y se le notan). Fuera de eso, hasta puedo aplaudir de pie.

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