Introduction1 What is Design?
1.1 Defining 'Design'
1.2 Ontological Issues
1.3 Activity, Profession and Practice
1.4 The Rise of the Designer2 The Design Process
2.1 The Challenges of Design
2.2 A Crisis of Confidence
2.3 The Epistemological Problem
2.4 Are Design Problems Ill-Defined?
2.5 Some Responses
2.6 Prestructures and Principles3 Modernism
3.1 The Origins of Modernism
3.2 Reinterpretations and Linkages
3.3 The Failure of Modernism4 Expression
4.1 The Meanings of Design
4.2 Expression and Eros
4.3 The Better Realization Argument
4.4 Illusion and Reality
4.5 An Objection5 The Concept of Function
5.1 The Indeterminacy of Function
5.2 Intentionalist Theories of Artefact Function
5.3 Evolutionary Theories of Artefact Function
5.4 Objections to the Evolutionary Theory
5.5 Novelty, Design and the Epistemolocial Problem6 Function, Form and Aesthetics
6.1 Can Form Follow Function?
6.2 Squaring Function and Aesthetic Value
6.3 Dependent Beauty
6.4 Functional Beauty
6.5 Good Taste in Design
6.6 Bad Taste7 Ethics
7.1 Applied Ethics and Design
7.2 Consumerism, Needs and Wants
7.3 Is Need an Empty Concept?
7.4 Does Design Alter the Moral Landscape?
7.5 The Designer Stands Alone?
Epilogue: The Meaning of Modernism
Suggestions for Further Reading
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