Product Design

PRODUCT DESIGN


SUPER NORMAL

By Jasper Morrison

Design seems to mean making things noticeable, but is that a good thing? If everything is special, normal gets wiped out. And then what? Read more

IS IRONY KILLING DESIGN?

By Tim Parsons

What makes an object ironic, as opposed to kitsch? Instead of gestures to stand out, can designers bring poetry to products? Read more

 

RIGHTNESS

By Michael Marriott

In his essay in the Raw Craft exhibition catalogue, Marriott argues that the right products are ones that have evolved through use and ingenuity. Read more

 

 

A CAUTIOUS PROMETHEUS?

By Bruno Latour

What is design? All design is redesign, and also something that entails humility, attentiveness to detail and morality. Read more

 

MANTOWNHUMAN

By Alastair Donald, Richard J Williams, Karl Sharro, Debby Kuypers, Alan Farlie, Austin Williams

Anti-ecological and non-localist, ManTowNHuman is a critical riposte to the concerns of Post Modernism and the green consensus.  Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By John Maeda

"In the next chapter of the future, designers will be designing the centre of their very being – their own mind and their own body."  Read more

TEN PRINCIPLES FOR GOOD DESIGN

By Dieter Rams

Rams' principles from the late 1970s have stood the test of time. So not only is good design long-lasting, so is good design theory! Read more

 

 

MANIFESTO

By Jasper Morrison

"Design makes things seem special, and who wants normal if they can have special? And that’s the problem." Read more

 

A DANGEROUS BREED

By Peter Maxwell
 

Technological sustainability is not enough: we need ecologically sustainable design, where secondary use is pre-designed into products. Read more

 

DISHONOURABLE SUCCESS

By Peter Maxwell

How is crowdfunding changing the nature of design? Peter Maxwell explores this rapidly expanding model in his provocative essay. Read more