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Writing Design

Writing Design: Words and Objects

by Grace Lees-Maffei

Grace Lees-Maffei is Reader in Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, UK and is co-editor of The Design History Reader (Bloomsbury 2010) and Made in Italy (Bloomsbury 2013). She is also the editor of Writing Design (Bloomsbury 2011), Iconic Designs (Bloomsbury 2014) and Design at Home (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2012
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474294089
  • ISBN:
    978-1-47429-408-9 (online)

    978-1-8478-8956-0 (hardback)

    978-1-8478-8955-3 (paperback)

    978-1-8478-8957-7 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
Writing Design
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How do we learn about the objects that surround us? As well as gathering sensory information by viewing and using objects, we also learn about objects through the written and spoken word - from shop labels to friends' recommendations and from magazines to patents. But, even as design commentators have become increasingly preoccupied with issues of mediation, the intersection of design and language remains under-explored. Writing Design provides a unique examination of what is at stake when we convert the material properties of designed goods into verbal or textual description. Issues discussed include the role of text in informing design consumption, designing with and through language, and the challenges and opportunities raised by design without language. Bringing together a wide range of scholars and practitioners, Writing Design reveals the difficulties, ethics and politics of writing about design.