Encountering Things brings together leading design scholars to explore the relationship between thing theory and design, exploring production processes and offering an engaging, theoretical perspective about the social and cultural lives of objects.
Focusing on the themes of process and product, the contributors investigate the productive interplay between the activity of design and the objects that design uses and produces. Chapters span the design disciplines and essays examine the processes by which objects, things, and artifacts are made; the lives of design objects; and things in their cultural contexts. Theoretical discussion is encouraged by in-depth case studies of things themselves. Each chapter includes an informational sidebar per essay and a useful glossary of key terms.
Leslie Atzmon is Professor of Graphic Design and Design History at Eastern Michigan University, USA. Prasad Boradkar is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Industrial Design Programme at Arizona State University, USA.
Introduction Leslie Atzmon and Prasad Boradkar Chapter 1 Filled with Wonder: Enchanting Androids from Cams to Codes Betti Marenko Chapter 2 When Objects Fail: Unconcealing Things in Design Writing and Criticism Peter Hall Chapter 3 What design tells us about objects and things G. De Michelis Chapter 4 Visual Essay-The Boombox Project Prasad Boradkar and Lyle Owerko Chapter 5 Theorizing the Hari Kuyo Christine Guth Chapter 6 Making Things Things Nina Rappaport Chapter 7 Distributing Stresses: The Development and Use of the Eames Dining Chair Metal Michael J. Golec Chapter 8 The Practically Living Weight of Convenient Things Cameron Tonkinwise Chapter 9 The Modern American Telephone as a Contested Technological Thing, 1920-1939 Jan Hadlaw Chapter 10 Visual Essay-Montreal Signage Project Matt Soar Chapter 11 Connecting Things: Broadening Design To Include Systems, Platforms, And Product-Service Ecologies Hugh Dubberly Chapter 12 Things as "Poor" Substitutes Carl Knappett Chapter 13 The Graphic Thing: Ambiguity, Dysfunction, and Excess in Designed Objects Phil Jones Chapter 14 Nothingness in April Greiman's "Does It Make Sense?" Elizabeth Guffey Chapter 15 Visual Essay-Indian Copper Objects Prasad Boradkar Afterword Bill Brown Bibliography Index