Living Bibliography


Design for the Real World: Human ecology and social change

Pantheon Books
 — 1971

Design For the Real World is a must read for any designer, in any discipline. This book is about one thing; honesty. The honest use of materials and having an honest approach are at the heart of Papanek’s fundamental laws on how anything should be designed. His views on ecology, recycling and the social affects of design were truly ahead of his time. His structures for problem solving, brainstorming techniques and idea generation are equally amazing. A book that should be re-read every couple of years to realign your design approach and ensure you’re not just making things worse.

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