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Encountering Things


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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

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In this innovative collection, leading design scholars explore the relationship between thing theory and design, exploring both production processes and the social lives of things themselves.

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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.


[The] in-depth discussion on the location of material culture (s) in human-thing relationships and thus in society makes the book extremely worth reading. * H-Soz-Kult (Bloomsbury Translation) *
This collection of essays is the first major effort to connect the renewed interest in materiality with an earlier tradition of object studies in order to examine how these fields connect with design theory and practice. The essays in the collection are wide-ranging, multidisciplinary and mutually enlightening. This book will be of great interest to scholars in design studies, social theory and cultural criticism. * Arjun Appadurai, Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, USA *
The essays in this book make a cogent argument for stronger engagement between design studies and the theory of things. Design scholars and practitioners can profit greatly from them. * Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA *

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