Synopses & Reviews
The Series: Design plays a crucial role in today's culture, both as a fundamental component of lifestyle and a vital mode of creative practice. But who are the authors of the things that surround us? What drives the thinking behind the development of new products? This series will explore the nature of current design practice, from the designer-maker to the architects of digital environments. Over the last 20 years our offices, homes, and urban spaces have radically changed. One of the key factors in this change is technological innovation. Personal computers, mobile phones, and all manner of digital products have become fashion and lifestyle statements as well as the vital tools through which we conduct our business and social lives. New multipurpose products that demonstrate the convergence of information, communications, and entertainment technologies, are emerging as highly distinctive designed objects. Electric Dreams charts the seismic shifts that transformed the monochrome product world of 1980s consumer electronics into a 21st-century landscape full of shape, color, and variety. It considers the economic and technological imperatives that brought design to the heart of electronic innovation and marketing culture. From Macs to mobiles, Siemens to Samsung, David Redhead's accessible text tells the stories behind the digital products that define the millennial zeitgeist. Electric Dreams includes case studies, interviews with designers, innovative design, and cutting-edge illustrations providing a lively overview of design in the electronic age.
This riveting analysis looks at the relationship between people, designers, and electronic products. It speculates on how, in the future, cell phones, personal computers, audio equipment, and televisions may merge into one all-purpose tool, blending into the fabric of our homes and offices or even disappearing into our bodies. David Redhead focuses on the role of designers in shaping this brave new world.
About the Author
David Redhead is a writer specializing in design, business, and the visual arts. He is a contributing editor of Blueprint, the former editor of Design magazine, and a columnist for Design Week.