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The Design of Everyday Life

The Design of Everyday Life

by Elizabeth Shove

Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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, Matthew Watson

Matthew Watson is Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at Durham University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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, Martin Hand

Martin Hand is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queen's University in Canada. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Jack Ingram

Jack Ingram is Professor of Product Design at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UCE. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Berg, 2007
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474293679
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-9367-9 (online)

    978-1-8452-0682-6 (hardback)

    978-1-8452-0683-3 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    Oxford
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
The Design of Everyday Life
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How do common household items such as basic plastic house wares or high-tech digital cameras transform our daily lives? The Design of Everyday Life considers this question in detail, from the design of products through to their use in the home. Drawing on interviews with consumers themselves, the authors look at how everyday objects, ranging from screwdrivers to photo management software, are used on a practical level. Closely investigating the design, production and use of mass-market goods, the authors offer new interpretations of how consumers’ needs are met and manufactured. They examine the dynamic interaction of products with everyday practices.

The Design of Everyday Life presents a pathbreaking analysis of the sociology of objects, illuminating the connections between design and consumption.