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The Designed World

The Designed World: Images, Objects, Environments

by Richard Buchanan

Richard Buchanan is Professor of Design, Management and Information Systems at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is editor of Discovering Design, The Idea of Design, and Pluralism in Theory and Practice. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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, Dennis Doordan

Dennis Doordan is Professor of Architectural and Design History at Notre Dame University. He is author of Twentieth Century Architecture and editor of Design History: An Anthology. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Victor Margolin

Victor Margolin is Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a founding editor and now co-editor of the academic design journal Design Issues. His many books include: The Designed World: images, objects, environments; The Politics of the Artificial: Essays on Design; Design Discourse: history, theory, criticism; Discovering Design: explorations in design studies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Berg, 2010
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781350096004
  • ISBN:
    978-1-3500-9600-4 (online)

    978-1-8478-8585-2 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First Edition English edition
  • Place of Publication:
    Oxford
  • Published Online:
    2018
The Designed World
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We now live in a designed world and we need to develop a better understanding of how to discuss and critique its design components. The essays presented here – selected from the preeminent journal, Design Issues – are intended to enhance our collective understanding of the wide reach of design in the contemporary world.

The book is structured to cover the life of a designed object or project from conception and fabrication to evaluation. The essays are divided into themed sections, with each section separately introduced and each concluded with further reading.

The Designed World aims to break down the often rigid boundaries between history, theory and criticism. Despite the wide range of subjects discussed, the book highlights the commonalities across all aspects of design. The reader will be invaluable to students, scholars and practitioners across the field of design.