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Thinking Design looks at ??design?? in its broadest sense and shows how design originates in ??human need?? which is not only physical but also psychological, socio-cultural, ecological and spiritual. The book calls for broad-based, socially integrated designs with a large global vision that offer creative solutions to a variety of subjects rather than providing multiplicity of objects. Exploring the course taken by design during the time of Gandhi and in the following era, the author advocates the need for service- or process-oriented designs in contrast to product-oriented designs.
The book explores the history of traditional design and its evolution. On one hand it takes the reader through the cultural-roots of design, and, on the other, it explores new technologies and their applications in design.
A remarkable feature of the book is the way its narrative is enlivened with case studies detailing design inventions, interspersed with tales of Mullah Nasiruddin that provide a tongue-in-cheek take on aspects of design.
This book will be an insightful reference for design professionals, academics and students in institutes conducting research on design and for those in the industrial/technical design departments of Engineering colleges.
Table of Contents
Foreword by GASTON ROBERGE
I: DESIGN: NATURE AND POWER
The Wonder That Is: The Context of Designing
Modern Indian Design: The Roots
The Power of Representation: Semiotics for Mass Movement
Fitting the Man to the Task: The Design Training Paradox
II: DESIGN: HUMAN PERSPECTIVES AND CONCERNS
Design and Rule: Design Colonisation
Politics is not a Four-letter Word: The Impact of State Policies and Politics on Design
Tools for Change: Learning from the Artisans
For the People, By the People: Design without Designers
The Barefoot Designer: Design as Service to Rural People
III: DESIGN: NEW DIMENSIONS AND THE FUTURE
QWER: Freedom in Design
Leave Well Enough Alone: The Need for Restraint in Designing
Invisible Design: The Alternative Approaches
IV: DESIGN REALISATIONS: CASE STUDIES : The Case Studies
Design Pedagogy in India: A Perspective
Notes on Select Figures