Synopses & Reviews
provides a unique look at the process and consequences of converting the material properties of designed goods into verbal or textual description. It examines how we learn about the objects that surround us: we gather sensory information by viewing and using objects, but we also learn about objects through the written and spoken word, from product labels, store signage, and recommendations from friends, social media and traditional media.
Even as design commentators have become increasingly preoccupied with issues of mediation, the intersection of design and language has remained, heretofore, under-explored. Issues discussed in this book include the role of text in informing design consumption, designing with and through language, and the challenges and opportunities raised by design without language. Bringing together a wide range of scholars and practitioners, Writing Design reveals the difficulties, ethics and politics of writing about design.
"Writing Design […]succeeds in drawing attention to complicated relationships between words and objects and fresh ways to approach design. Blank pages at the end of the book create space for the reader to make notes and, in a sense, also ‘write design. Like a conference, the book becomes an interactive forum wherein the reader encounters ideas. Unable to attend the [Design History Society] conference myself, the book provided the pleasures of being there, demonstrating in itself the power of language to evoke both objects and experience." - Marilyn Cohen, The New School, OUP Clippings
About the Author
is Reader in Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and is co-editor of The Design History Reader