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Thinking: Objects - Contemporary Approaches to Product Design [Paperback]

Tim Parsons
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20 July 2009 2940373744 978-2940373741
Thinking Objects: Contemporary Approaches to Product Design is an innovative, wide-ranging guide to great product design. This book reveals how designers can learn to read the signals an object sends, interpret meaning, discover historical context and use those messages in their own new product designs. Globalisation, technology, the media and the need for a sustainable future are all part of contemporary product design. This comprehensive guide helps students and designers everywhere to incorporate these influences and more. Thinking Objects: Contemporary Approaches to Product Design provides an essential reference tool that will enable the reader to find their own style and succeed in the industry.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing (20 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940373744
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940373741
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 21.5 x 29.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tim Parsons is a design writer, critic and product designer. He has taught design for over ten years at universities in Britain and America. His articles and essay have been published in Blueprint, ICON, Crafts magazines and the design encyclopedia Phaidon Design Classics and his book Thinking:Objects - Contemporary Approaches to Product Design was published in 2009 by AVA Academia. As a designer, he has worked with manufacturers in Britain and Europe and exhibited widely, including at The Design Museum, London.

Tim is currently Associate Professor in Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and authors the design writing blog Object Thinking (http://objectthinking.wordpress.com/)

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'The book is very clearly laid out and represents a thoughtful, diagrammatical approach to reading. Expertly written and well crafted, it avoids the 'heavy image' approach of other general design books.' -- Shea Tillman, Auburn University, USA.

'Very relevant for the Product Design element of the course. We have a well-equipped workshop and this book will provide a useful structure - moving from the social use of product design, throught the design cycle, to making it happen. Well illustrated, combined with well placed theoretical references.' -- Sarah Britten Jones, Thames Valley University, UK.

'Great book ... Nice layout - good pictures. All material up to date - very important.' -- Christian Lystager, KEA, Denmark.

'This book gives a real insight into what it means to think and work as a product designer today. It reveals the breath of the subject and gives an excellent understanding and appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of product design ... I think this book will be essential for students to get a deeper understanding of the definition of product design.' --Diane Simpson-Little, University of Sussex, UK.

About the Author

Tim Parsons is a product designer, writer and lecturer on design. He has worked with manufacturers in Britain and Europe and exhibited widely. He has contributed articles to publications including Blueprint and Phaidon's Design Classics. His London studio creates tableware, lighting, accessories, furniture, and more.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Jan 2010
Very well structured and a very fine selection of design products to back it up
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5.0 out of 5 stars very well structured book 10 Aug 2010
By Ms Muli
When i got the book it was an inch thick and i was thinking i'd get bored. When i opened it though i was pleasantly surprised - the book is broken down into colour coded chapters so its easy to find what your looking for and save the other bits for reading later.The clear spacious pages are illustrated with full colour pictures and examples described in the text. The book looks at product design from different points of view including quotes of what various product designers think the definition of product design is, how they approach eg. the design and re-design process (eg. model making) etc. The book also looks at the complex duties of a designer including ethics and sustainability plus the pitfalls of copying someone elses existing design. The book challenges the linear approach to design; easy for a client to grasp but not always successful as a blanket solution. It talks about how a designers personal experiences can influence the way they design including cultural differences eg. bicycles in japan have small wheels and are foldable compared to somewhere else (like the uk) where the wheels are larger depending on what the customer wants. Each designer can make their own design choices and take tips from other designers rather than be told this is how you should design. Overall I think this book is a valuable resource for any designer and because the paragraphs are not that long you can break down your reading into chunks for more effective learning. I can't really think of any negatives to this book at the moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Above my expectations 5 Nov 2013
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I ordered this book for academic purposes. It was supposed to be used, but apparently it's not been touched a lot, so it was definitely good value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful! 7 Sep 2013
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There is a lot of helpful info for aspiring product designers or designers in general. Good a4 size book too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Design students. 17 Mar 2013
By shane t
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My course recommended that i read this book, and i have to say it is quite a big book which initially put me off, but after reading the first few chapters i found myself really enjoying it, it is great for getting you thinking about design, and considering where you are in the art and design world.
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