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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
As usual on books of this series, the author goes straight to the point, without superfluous words.

Written in a very ellegant way, this book gives the reader the essentials of design in a nutshell, without effort, just like reeding a novel. Excellent historic background, accurate notions, very helpful examples and pictures.

If you want a good grasp...
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3.0 out of 5 stars PARTLY GOOD, PARTLY WRONG
This book is a good introduction to some parts of design theory and practice, using limited space well. But it neglects and also ignores important subjects, such as cultural traditions of design such as in Finland and Japan; legal protection of designs, as intellectual property or patents; some main domains of design, such as fashion; and the role of opinion leaders and...
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by Yehezkel Dror


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 30 Mar 2013
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Pedro Silva (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Design: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
As usual on books of this series, the author goes straight to the point, without superfluous words.

Written in a very ellegant way, this book gives the reader the essentials of design in a nutshell, without effort, just like reeding a novel. Excellent historic background, accurate notions, very helpful examples and pictures.

If you want a good grasp on this subject with 3 hours of reading, don't miss it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PARTLY GOOD, PARTLY WRONG, 5 Mar 2012
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Yehezkel Dror (Jerusalem Israel) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Design: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
This book is a good introduction to some parts of design theory and practice, using limited space well. But it neglects and also ignores important subjects, such as cultural traditions of design such as in Finland and Japan; legal protection of designs, as intellectual property or patents; some main domains of design, such as fashion; and the role of opinion leaders and fashions in creating demand for particular designs.
More serious are the partly wrong treatments of broader issues, especially in the final chapters. Thus, they wrongly discuss industrial policies as a modern form of mercantilism, expect that design decisions beyond one's personal habitat can be made with the participation of multitudes, and charge design with making contributions to major global issues far beyond its potentials.
One final small but irritating point, which is the responsibility of the publisher: There are many spelling errors in German worlds.

Professor Yehezkel Dror
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Longest Very Short Introduction, 8 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Design: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
I have this book because it is part of the "picture box" very short introductions box set.
I have an interest in design but this book has not enriched my designs on design! It often states the obvious where I was hoping for great insight and is remarkably wishy-washy (even in comparison with other books about design or abstract words in general).
The only positives I took from it were two interesting facts: one about unintended effects of Coca-cola's globalisation and one about the difference between American and Japanese bathrooms!
If you have an interest in design, try to find a "history of design" book as opposed to this supposed thesis on where and what design is: I fear the reason the book didn't go anywhere was because the abstract for it was too broad!
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