Uta Brandes (2017): Gender Design – Streifzüge zwischen Theorie und Empirie BIRD / Birkhäuser German, some parts in English http://bit.ly/2EKuwqV Thinking about gender in terms of social construction has been state-of-the-art in many scientific fields for decades. Design, however, is still largely blind to the consideration of gender. This is remarkable because design defines everyday life, always and everywhere, and thus also defines the subjects acting in everyday life: the interaction between people and things is always gendered. This is the first book to treat the essential questions of gender in design, both in theory and in practice. It discusses the fundamental necessity of including gender in the design process and it introduces examples of corresponding design (research) projects. Uta Brandes was the first professor, who, until recently, explicitly taught Gender & Design at the Köln International School of Design. She advises companies in gender & design questions, she is co-founder and president of the international Gender Design Network (iGDN) and she supervises many projects, in particular in Hong Kong, China and Japan.
Perspectives on design terminology. A book for all those who work in design, study design, are interested in design or want to understand more about design. More than 100 international authors have written essays for this book, offering, regardless of cultural differences, suggestions for overarching essential categories of design and, thus, for a fundamental way of talking about design. Includes terminology from both recent and traditional design discourses. A practical book for study or browsing. Michael Erlhoff & Tim Marshall (Hrsg./ eds.) (2007): Wörterbuch Design / Design Dictionary BIRD / Birkhäuser available in German or English
If one wants to avoid ideology, a theory of design must be formulated in an open way: contradictory, provisionally, provocatively, boundlessly. Michael Erlhoff: Theorie des Designs (2013) Wilhelm Fink German Get a copy
Michael Erlhoff & Uta Brandes (2006): Non-Intentional Design http://amzn.to/2HBfCov English Design must embrace misunderstandings, mistakes and the so-called ‘misuse’ of its products as a source of innovation and an expression of cultural diversity. A photo book documenting everyday situations where the products of design are used in ways not initially intended by their creators.
Using Instead of Owning – A fundamental essay on the relationship between user and product, in particular focusing on use rather than ownership and the resulting changes in the perception of artefacts and processes, as well as conclusions referring to potential services and different distribution structures. Highly topical, even 20 years after the book’s first publication!
Design has become one of the most popular fields of study. For very good reasons because, everywhere, people are beginning to understand the degree to which design shapes our everyday life, creates experiences and communicates new knowledge. Ruedi Baur’s and Michael Erlhoff’s fundamental introduction to the variety and quality of design studies includes information on the topicality and complexity of design, on the subjects taught, on the necessary qualifications and prerequisites, on where to study design and much more.
Design can be found everywhere, in both public and private spaces and therefore we have to ask ourselves whether the differentiation between public and private is still useful in describing the world today. The authors presented in this book – including, among others, Bazon Brock, Gesche Joost, Uta Brandes, and Luigi Blau – reflect on this question and provide a wide array of insights into this issue.
A book about studying design, about the many different professional roles and aspects, about opportunities and risks and about challenges and ways to tackle them. A book for all those who are interested in design, who are studying, or want to study, design and also for those who hire or work with designers. An honest and optimistic book.
This publication explores and analyses a very special kind of design: the phenomenon, as normal as it is wonderful, that people with no formal training in design take things that have been designed and reuse them, convert them to new uses, in short, ‘misuse’ them in the very best sense of the word. Non-intentional design (NID) happens every day, in every area of life, in every part of the world. Redesign through reuse makes things multifunctional and intelligently combines them to generate new functions. It is often reversible, resource-friendly, improvisational, innovative, and economical. It can become a source of inspiration for design, provided professional designers take notice of what actually happens to their products when they are used.
When anonymous people ‘modify’ objects in public space, this is often quickly referred to as vandalism. The authors have carried out extensive fieldwork in urban spaces, making the phenomenon of vandalism subject to critical revision: the re-appropriation of urban space is no longer called vandalism, but ‘fandalism’. For example, paid-for leasing is turned into free seats; kids that are defined by society as innocent and cute become terrorists; the advocates of a potted plant-culture are confronted by revolutionary seed bomb throwers; graffiti becomes a new form of symbolism that sometimes uses wonderful new technologies, and the always positively embraced flora and fauna are convincingly demasked as committing serious acts of vandalism. The book inspires the reader to think about vandalism, political correctness and mainstream in new ways and many issues that seemed to be safely defined and categorised are being whirled about in both humorous and thoughtful ways.