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Emotionally durable design : objects, experiences and empathy

Author: Jonathan Chapman
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"Emotionally Durable Design presents counterpoints to our 'throwaway society' by developing powerful design tools, methods and frameworks that build resilience into relationships between people and things. The book takes us beyond the sustainable design field's established focus on energy and materials, to engage the underlying psychological phenomena that shape patterns of consumption and waste. In fluid and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Chapman
ISBN: 9780415732161 0415732166 9780415732154 0415732158
OCLC Number: 885231421
Description: xv, 207 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Chapter one. The progress illusion --
Chapter two. Consumer motivation --
Chapter three. Attachments to objects --
Chapter four. Authors of experience --
Chapter five. Sustaining narrative --
Chapter six. De-fictioning utopia --
Chapter seven. Real-world feasibility.
Responsibility: Jonathan Chapman.

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"Emotionally Durable Design presents counterpoints to our 'throwaway society' by developing powerful design tools, methods and frameworks that build resilience into relationships between people and things. The book takes us beyond the sustainable design field's established focus on energy and materials, to engage the underlying psychological phenomena that shape patterns of consumption and waste. In fluid and accessible writing, the author asks: why do we discard products that still work? He then moves forward to define strategies for the design of products that people want to keep for longer. Along the way we are introduced to over twenty examples of emotional durability in smart phones, shoes, chairs, clocks, teacups, toasters, boats and other material experiences. Emotionally Durable Design transcends the prevailing doom and gloom rhetoric of sustainability discourse, to pioneer a more hopeful, meaningful and resilient form of material culture. This second edition features pull-out quotes, illustrated product examples, a running glossary and comprehensive stand firsts; this book can be read cover to cover, or dipped in-and-out of. It is a daring call to arms for professional designers, educators, researchers and students from in a range of disciplines from product design to architecture; framing an alternative genre of design that reduces the consumption and waste of resources by increasing the durability of relationships between people and things"--

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'Emotionally Durable Design poses two key questions: "Why do we throw away products that still work?" and "How can we design products that people want to keep for longer?" Jonathan Chapman analyses Read more...

 
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