'An invaluable reference guide to the major ethical design themes of our time. With its lively format and succinct overview of concepts, ideas and case studies, this book is essential reading for anyone wishing to grasp the complexities of sustainability and the role of design.' -- Stuart Walker, Professor of Design, Lancaster University, UK; author of Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice.
'Design is undergoing a revolution, and this book is an essential guide for tomorrow's design revolutionaries. Design thinking, service design and design activism are among the new ideas that are transforming the processes and practices of design today. Students of design require a clear guide through these radical new territories of creative practice to help them develop sustainable futures - for themselves and for the world they live in. This extremely timely book is essential reading for design students in all disciplines.' -- Professor Mike Press, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design University of Dundee, Scotland
'This book helps designers of all persuasions to re-imagine their own design futures. It suggests that this re-orientation involves fresh ways of perceiving, thinking and practicing. It believes that design for sustainable change helps everyone to re-pattern their behaviour towards more sustainable ways of living. Importantly, it adds another significant step in the negotiation of Design's own transitional journey.' -- Alastair Fuad-Luke, design educator, enabler, writer & activist; author of The Eco-design Handbook and Design Activism
'This well-researched, clearly written book is refreshingly to the point. Using a wide range of pertinent and up-to-date case studies it guides the reader to see design as an ethical, considered practice for the benefit of all rather than a consumer driven indulgence. This book will prove particularly vital reading for those who are carefully picking their way through the plethora of different perspectives the world of design presents.' -- Dr Paul Atkinson, Reader in Design, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
'Design for Sustainable Change is timely, clear and compelling. It's the ideal roadmap for any designer seeking an alternative to business as usual. John Thackara, Doors of Perception Students in all the design professions should read this admirable and wise book by Chick and Micklethwaite ... it is a fascinating explication of the philosophy of design that offers a vision of how designers should think and work and what design should be ... The accompanying case studies, a fascinating collection of local, national, and global solutions, show how design can address ecological and social problems ... This beautiful book is superbly illustrated.' --Choice review, R. M. Labuz, Mohawk Valley Community College, USA
About the Author
Anne Chick is director of the Sustainable Design Research Centre at Kingston University, UK. Until recently, she was director of the Sustainability in Practice Network within WestFocus (a consortium of seven universities). She is adjunct professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Canada, an associate editor of the Design Journal and a Design Studies journal referee.
Paul Micklethwaite is a research fellow in sustainable design at Kingston University. Paul undertakes research, knowledge transfer, and enterprise activities across a wide range of areas within sustainable design. His areas of research interest include design and manufacture with recycled materials and 'green' branding.