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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

Book Chapter

...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...

The practically living weight of convenient things

Encountering Things : Design and Theories of Things

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book Chapter

...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...

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...

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

Book Chapter

...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...

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

Book Chapter

...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,...

Theorizing Things: Disciplinary Diversity in Thinking About Objects

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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Designing Things : A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book Chapter

...Studies of the house do not have to be reduced to housing studies, nor studies of design to design studies.Despite our desperate, eternal attempt to separate, contain and mend, categories always leak.Things occupy central positions in our...

Domestication of Everyday Life Technology: Dynamic Views on the Social Histories of Artifacts

The Designed World : Images, Objects, Environments

Berg, 2010

Book Chapter

...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

Book Chapter

...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

Book Chapter

...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...