Encountering Things

Encountering Things: Design and Theories of Things

by Leslie Atzmon

Leslie Atzmon is Professor of Graphic Design and Design History at Eastern Michigan University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Prasad Boradkar

Prasad Boradkar is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Industrial Design Program at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe. He is the Director of InnovationSpace, a transdisciplinary laboratory at ASU where design, business, and engineering students and faculty partner with corporations to develop human-centred product concepts that hold societal benefit and minimize impacts on the environment. Boradkar is interested in the research space that lies at the intersection of design and material culture. In his writing, he draws from a variety of disciplines to understand the social and cultural significance of the designed environment. Boradkar is the author of Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects (Berg 2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
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    978-0-8578-5782-8 (hardback)

    978-0-8578-5564-0 (paperback)

    978-0-8578-5601-2 (epdf)

    978-0-8578-5654-8 (epub)

    978-1-4742-9383-9 (online)
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    Second Edition
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Encountering Things
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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.