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Design History, Theory and Practice of Product Design

BERNHARD E. BÜRDEK

BIRKHÄUSER Editions

The reference work on the theory and history of product design
Secondfully revised edition

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For students of design, professional product designers, and anyone interested in design equally indispensable: the fully revised and updated edition of the reference work on product design. The book traces the history of product design and its current developments, and presents the most important principles of design theory and methodology, looking in particular at the communicative function of products and highlighting aspects such as corporate and service design, design management, strategic design, interface/interaction design and human design..

From the content:
Design and history: The Bauhaus; The Ulm School of Design; The Example of Braun; The Art of Design
Design and Globalization
Design and Methodology: Epistemological Methods in Design
Design and Theory: Aspects of the Disciplinary Design Theory
Design and its Context: From Corporate Design to Service Design
Product Language and Product Semiotics
Architecture and Design
Design and Society
Design and Technological Progress

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Chiara Lecce

Chiara Lecce received her MA in Interior Design (2008) and her PhD in Interior Architecture & Exhibition Design (2013; with the thesis: “Living Interiors in the Digital Age: the Smart Home”) from the Politecnico di Milano. Since 2008 she has been engaged in teaching activities, in History of Design classes and Interior Design studio, at the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano, collaborating with professors Giampiero Bosoni and Ico Migliore. Since 2013 she has been managing editor of the scientific journal PAD (Pages on Arts and Design) and member of AIS/Design (Italian Association of Design Historians). She is the author of several articles featured in various design journals. She is currently research fellow and lecturer at the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano, with a focus on exhibition design history and methodologies. In 2016 she was a tutor within the H2020 European project “Design for Enterprises”. Since 2009 she has been collaborating with the Franco Albini Foundation and with other Italian design archives, while continuing to work as a freelance interior designer.

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