This book was first published in 1968 and I must have read it at that time, but never owned a copy. Reading it again now, confirms that this is a seminal book on the subject, written in a straightforward, engaging and unpretentious style. David Pye was an architect, designer and Professor of Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art, but above all a craftsman. He knew what he was talking about, both from critical observation and from practical experience.
This is not a long book, but it analyses design and craftsmanship with an admirable clarity and introduces ideas which have stayed with me since my first reading of the book. For example the simple but intriguing division of making techniques into "the workmanship of certainty" and "the workmanship of risk." This book is essential reading for every designer, craftsperson, critic and commentator with an interest in the crafts.
Should be required reading for all design undergrads. Pye presents a well crafted argument for the continuation and importance of traditional workmanship. His arguments still have great relevance in the modern world of 3D printing, laser cutting and other digital fabrication methods and have aged well sounding contemporary and sharp.
Perfect for my 3D Design BA and at an excellent price. Covers most of the material I need and very well written. Arrived quickly and packaged well. I would certainly buy from this seller again. Delighted with this purchase.