I've found a new love for non-fiction books since beginning my masters and have taken a reading list seriously for once. Being encouraged to read rather than Google-till-death has been refreshing, and much like a blog, these books are often from the designers perspective and I feel I know them more as people reading their literature. For this project I want to focus a lot on materials and process, as I want to learn more about how they make design feasible and how I can learn the craft. I want to also focus on emotion, compassion and empathy in all aspects of the design life cycle. I have chosen a 'few' books to begin with.
the language of things - deyan sudjic
'Design, luxury, fashion, art...how we are seduced by the objects around us' (Sudjic, 2008) - I feel this book will help me see through the seduction of design, empathising and understanding why we spend money and even evaluate ourselves and self-worth on the products we own.
the design of everyday things - Donald a. norman
Norman has been mentioned in the brief and therefore it would be a crime not to understand his thinking. This book was written prior to “Emotional Design – Why we love (or hate) everyday things” and it will be interesting to see how he changes perception in the newest model.
batch - Andrew tanner
I've read the majority of this at the moment (as it's mainly pictures and much fewer words than the others) but although I don't feel I will go into much batch production in my life, it's interesting to see how designers work with that number in mind. It also has a helpful section in the back about getting designs off the ground and into market, which is the hardest part of the design process, in my opinion.
manufacturing processes - rob thompson
This book looked much smaller online when I reserved it but it's a heffer. It's basically How It's Made in book form but this is exactly what I need. I must attempt to learn the manufacturing process around my product and I do not expect to be an expert by the end, but I certainly hope to further my knowledge and help find more feasible methods of making.
Norman, D. (1988). The psychology of everyday things. 1st ed. New York: Basic Books.
Tanner, A. (2010). Batch. 1st ed. London: A & C Black Publishers.
Sudjic, D. (2009). The language of things. 1st ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
Thompson, R. (2007). Manufacturing processes for design professionals. 1st ed. New York: Thames & Hudson.
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