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am 28. Januar 1998
I have just read about V.Papanek's recent death. I can't believe I wrote my past comment just 4 days before his death. I feel very moved, it's a big loss for the design world. I am copying here what the IDSA wrote about him: Victor Papanek Passes Away (1926-1998) Internationally renowned designer, professor and mentor Victor Papanek, IDSA, passed away at age 72 on January 10. His health had been failing him for the past three years. Papanek was widely admired for his advocacy of socially responsible design. He once summed up his chosen field this way: "The only important thing about design is how it relates to people." In remembering Papanek, Honorary IDSA member Ralph Caplan, remarked that "He was the first industrial designer to really begin to talk critically about design as a force for good and suggesting that, conventionally design wasn't necessarily that." Papanek was the J.L. Constant Professor of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas since 1981 and was author of eight books on design. In his revolutionary and best-selling Design for the Real World, first published in 1971, and since translated into 23 languages, Papanek suggested something both startling and prophetic: the necessity for designers to adopt a morally responsible and holistic approach, adapting technology to the individual's real needs and tapping into the wisdom and experience of other societies, particularly those of the Third World. He traveled around the world giving lectures about his ideas on ecologically sound designs to serve the poor, the disabled and the elderly. He was closely connected with folk art and crafts and studied Oriental, Eskimo and American Indian cultures to better understand basic human needs and their relationship to design. "All designed tools and objects are sort of extensions of human abilities, and they do tend to make life richer for us," Papanek told the Kansas City Star in an interview in 1994. But, he added, "an awful lot of designs, especially in this country, make life a lot more inconvenient. I'm thinking, for instance, of high-fidelity units that have so many switches and toggles and buttons and things that they confuse most people. Papanek was born in Vienna, Austria, and went to public schools in England. He studied design and architecture at the Cooper Union in New York City and did postgraduate studies in design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He taught at many different institutions including the Ontario College of Art and the Royal Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before joining the KU faculty, he headed the design departments at the Kansas City Art Institute and the California Institute of Arts. He received numerous awards and honors, such as a Distinguished Designer Fellowship from the NEA and the UN (UNESCO) Award for Outstanding Design of Developing Nations. He created products for such organizations as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and for the World Health Organization. Papanek is survived by his former wife, Harlanne Herdman, and two daughters, Nicolette Papanek and Jennifer Satu Papanek. The family requests donations to Greenpeace and Amnesty International.
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am 7. Januar 1998
I read it first before studying industrial design. Then read bits of it every semester of study. Now, a professional, I was thrilled when I found the new edition. I've always thought the world needs to work more like Papanek proposes, and actually, I think now people are becoming a lot more aware of the issues raised here. Papanek's predictions or ideals are happening: In ecology, social work, and ethics. I admire this author, and it's all because of this book, to start with.
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am 7. Oktober 2013
Papaneks Standardwerk, in dem er beschreibt wie und warum die monopolistische Verwertunsggesellschaft unter rein Kapiatl orientierten Aspekt nur das Design produziert, was ihr kommerziell zuträfglich ist, aber echte Innovation, humane Entwcklung und fundamentale Gestaltung oft und weitgehend ausklammert. Anlyse und Pamphlet eines dzidierten Pratikers der auch gezeigt hat, wie es anders gehen könnte.und müsste.
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am 19. Mai 2000
It has been many years since I read this important book. I hope this book will be made a compulsory read for all design students. If only more designers would adopt Mr Papanek's approach to socially-responsible design, the world will be a much better place to live in.
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am 27. November 1997
While this book covers the larger focus of industrial design, its message is important for all designers. It proposes the "radical" idea that designers should become aware of the social context of their work. This is such a special gem, I can't do any better describing it than its own Table of Contents: Part One: How It Is 1. What is Design?: A Definition of the Function Complex 2. Phylogenocide: A History of the Industrial Design Profession 3. The Myth of the Noble Slob: Design, "Art", and the Crafts 4. Do-It-Yourself Murder: Social and Moral Responsibilities of Design 5. Our Kleenex Culture: Obsolecence and Value 6. Snake Oil and Thalidomide: Mass Leisure and Phoney Fads Part Two: How It Could Be 7. Rebel With a Cause: Invention and Innovation 8. The Tree of Knowledge: Biological Prototypes in Design 9. Design Responsibility: Five Myths and Six Directions 10. Environmental Design: Pollution, Crowding, Ecology 11. The Neon Blackboard: Design Education and Design Teams 12. Design for Survival and Survival Through Design: A Summation
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