An information-packed, beautifully illustrated handbook exploring the
evolution of design, from the industrial revolution to the digital
explosion Designers, makers and users are the three essential
participants in the creation of any kind of design. This is not limited
to objects or buildings, but includes environments, systems and
networks. Exploring these relationships enables us to understand how we
shape the world and how it, in turn, shapes us.
with the Design Museum's highly anticipated move to the former
Commonwealth Institute in Kensington in 2016, Designer Maker User traces
the evolution of design, from its roots in the Industrial Revolution to
its transformation by the digital explosion. Rather than present a
conventional chronology, this book focuses on the continuing interaction
between the three key players - Designers, Makers and Users - and the
role of design in modern society. Featuring pivotal writings on
design, a carefully-curated portfolio of design landmarks and a simple
timeline charting the development of the modern design industry,
Designer Maker User pushes beyond the walls of the museum, providing
students and non-specialists with an appreciation for the significance
of design and its far-reaching impact on the world in which we live.
It is not only a view into the Design Museum's permanent collection, but also a remarkable primer on contemporary design.