June 15th, 2004

rock shadow

readings, installment 1

On the commute to Redwood City today, I started one of the books I'll be reading with a reading group this summer, Design for the Real World, by Victor Papenak. So far, I don't agree with all of it, but I generally like it. The book was first published over 30 years ago (and was most recently published 18 years ago), but many of his rants (ranging from environmental battle-cries to complaints about fast food to derision of stupid consumer products) sound very familiar. So far, the author has a curmudgeonly tone, berating the "current" state of design and redefining it to better fit his view of the world.

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I've also been reading the case studies in Diffusion of Innovations, which I've very much enjoyed so far, and I've started Small is Beautiful as well, both also for my reading group. More on those later.
rock shadow

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