I've always been a lover of books, whether they had been fictional stories that take me to a new world or factual books filled with beautiful imagery and bursting with information. Although we live in a world where a subject search is at the end of the fingertips, nothing is quite as authentic as gaining knowledge from literature.
Since entering my masters I have been determined to use more of the resources I honestly took for granted in my degree and made little use of. The library is the main one. Since I have been here I have checked out seven books. Seven.
The last few days of research on both environmental and ecological design have brought me to an array of book titles and authors that, with a quick search on my library account, I have found, reserved and picked up the next day. Incredible. This may sound pretty ordinary to someone who uses these resources regularly but I am totally overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge I am gaining, the designers I am finding, the fields I am looking into and the theories I am exploring. I had no idea of just how broad environmental and ecological design reached. As product designers we are commonly introduced to Seymourpowell Fuel Scooters or the NEST technology, however exploring different areas of design, including architecture, textile, graphic, design has opened my mind to new concepts and philosophies.
I am looking forward to continuing my reading and will be sharing my favourite enviro/eco designs in this subcategory of design posts and the corresponding literature I gained that inspiration from.
Here is a list of the current reading I have or am undertaking:
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