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The practically living weight of convenient things

Encountering Things : Design and Theories of Things

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...PrologueThings have agency. They have the power to act, to do things, above and beyond mechanically reacting to what humans do to them. They can do things to people. They have certain powers over people.This is the sort of theoretical thing...

Introduction

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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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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Encountering Things : Design and Theories of Things

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Do we really need anything like Thing Theory the way we need narrative theory or cultural theory, queer theory or discourse theory? Why not let things alone?Can one have a theory of things where “things” stand for the most evident category...

Use in design culture

Design Culture : Objects and Approaches

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...Introduction Within the broader design culture, conceptually oriented design comprises a tangled field of digital practices, such as augmented reality and virtual reality concepts, but also service design, social design, emotional design...

Thinging, Things

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Things are mid-sized, tangible forms that have impacts on the world.The term “thing” at first appears to apply to almost anything. But on reflection there are limits. Things tend to be of human scale: things outside that range tend...

Care

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Care describes that aspect of the human condition that makes us spend time and resources on people and situations beyond our mere survival. Care is an essential aspect of design, motivating why we design things, things that take care...

What Is Going On with Things?

Johan Redström

Johan Redström is Professor and Research Director at Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden, and previously Design Director at the Interactive Institute. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Heather Wiltse

Heather Wiltse is Assistant Professor at the Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Changing Things : The Future of Objects in a Digital World

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...To ask “what is a thing?” is to dwell on a question at least as old as philosophy. Our relation to things, in the wide sense, is so significant for our existence that perhaps only our relation to other people matters more to us. As such,...

Power

Mahmoud Keshavarz

Mahmoud Keshavarz is a postdoctoral researcher at the Engaging Vulnerability Research Program, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University, Sweden. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Design Politics of the Passport : Materiality, Immobility, and Dissent

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...As shown by the histories of the passport in the previous chapter, it is hard to understand passports without situating them in a network of practices and regulations over the movement of all moving things. In this chapter, I first discuss...
...From Sensational Feelings to Routine Use At the moment, social histories of technology are an expanding and interesting area for consumer research. However, standard consumer research, academic marketing studies, economics, or sociology...

Making Concepts

Johan Redström

Johan Redström is Professor and Research Director at Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden, and previously Design Director at the Interactive Institute. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Heather Wiltse

Heather Wiltse is Assistant Professor at the Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Changing Things : The Future of Objects in a Digital World

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...When we address these new technologies as “things,” we do not mean that fluid assemblages after all are still just things. They are not. Whereas the traditional thing has a surface, these assemblages have nested structures of interfaces...

The graphic thing

Encountering Things : Design and Theories of Things

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

eBook

...IntroductionDefining graphic design often begins with stereotypical graphic design objects: logotypes, typefaces, books, posters, diagrams, packaging and so forth. We have learned ways of interacting with these objects. We understand how...