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The Shape of Things : a Philosophy of Design - Vilém Flusser

The Shape of Things

a Philosophy of Design


Published: 1st December 1999
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This book presents for the first time in English an array of essays on design by the seminal Czech-born media critic and philosopher Vilem Flusser. It puts forward the view that our future depends on design. In a series of insightful short essays, touching on a wide range of subjects - industrial ethics; tents, umbrellas and shamans; the architecture of Wittgenstein; ceramic vessels as bearers of social meaning - Flusser emphasizes the interrelationships between art and science, theology and technology, and archaeology and architecture. Just as formal creativity has produced both weapons of destruction and great works of art, Flusser believed that the shape of things (and the designs behind them) represent both a threat and an opportunity for designers of the future.

`an important investigation and analysis of culture, media and everyday things' - Journal of Design History `Martin Pawley provides a justifiably enthusiastic introduction' - Architects' Journal

About the Word
Form and Material
War and the State of Things
About Forms and Formulae
The Designer's Way of Seeing
The Factory
The Lever Strikes Back
Shelters, Screens and Tents
Design: Obstacle for/to the Removal of Obstacles
Why Do Typewriters Go 'Click'?
The Ethics of Industrial Design?
Design as Theology
Wittgenstein's Architecture
Bare Walls
With As Many Holes As a Swiss Cheese
The Non-Thing 1
The Non-Thing 2
Shamans and Dancers with Masks
The Submarine
Biographical Note
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ISBN: 9781861890559
ISBN-10: 1861890559
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.07  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.14