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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (4 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1138232475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1138232471
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Design for Life is full of brilliantly original thinking and practical guidance for building a better world. It offers a framework for designers and consumers alike and makes a more meaningful material culture feel possible.' Sebastian Cox, Designer and Maker, Director, Sebastian Cox studio & workshop

'This book adopts a wholly new approach to design, one that gets right to its heart. Rooted in values, beliefs and creativity it adopts a rhetorical approach to its subject, blurring the boundary between designing and thinking about design.' - Penny Sparke, Professor of Design History, Kingston University

'Brimming throughout with intelligence and curiosity, this deeply rooted, powerful book shapes design around the processes of life.' - Kate Fletcher, Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion, University of the Arts London

'Both contents and narratives are impressive. This book interprets design in a unique way, and the key clue is its glorious humanism. It is the foundation of design’s new missions, new roles and new approaches, in this changing era.' - Yongqi Lou, Professor and Dean, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai

'In this stunning book, Stuart Walker’s sensibility explores deep and complex dimensions of design thinking and doing, shedding light on the role of intentions, priorities and values.' - Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, Professor of Design, University of São Paulo

'Our society expects and needs a new wisdom for developing our lives in more meaningful ways. In this book, Stuart Walker opens the door for dialogue on wisdom in design. It is a wisdom permeated by creativity, the human imagination, intuition and comprehension.' - Takeshi Sunaga, Professor of Design, Tokyo University of the Arts

'Stuart Walker's emphasis on reflection and values brings a welcome dimension to the design process. He stresses personal vision as a way of contributing to design's capacity to make the world a better place.' - Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus of Design History, University of Illinois, Chicago

'He offers an authoritative account with a voice developed through experience and the knowhow acquired while treading the line between theoretical research and design practice.'- Matt Malpass, Programme Coordinator, Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London  

About the Author

Stuart Walker is Professor of Design for Sustainability at Lancaster University, UK. His design work has been exhibited in Australia, Canada, Italy and the UK, including the Design Museum, London. His numerous books include Sustainable by Design, The Spirit of Design and Designing Sustainability, also published by Routledge.

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