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Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design

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This book presents for the first time in English an array of essays on design by the seminal media critic and philosopher Vilém Flusser. It puts forward the view that our future depends on design. In a series of insightful essays on such ordinary "things" as wheels, carpets, pots, umbrellas and tents, Flusser emphasizes the interrelationships between art and science, theol ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Reaktion Books (first published 1993)
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This slender booklet is a collection of short, late essays by the cosmopolitan thinker Vilem Flusser. Originally from the Czech Republic he fled to Brazil at the beginning of the Second World War and returned to Europe only in the early 1970s. He died in a car crash in 1991. Writing in German, Portuguese, and French, Flusser remained unpublished in English during his lifetime. In fact, the book reviewed here was the very first to be made accessible to an English readership. Meanwhile, based on a ...more
Andree Verdin
Dec 01, 2013 Andree Verdin rated it liked it
everything there is in this world stutters. pg 62
everything quantizes. pg 62
a. there are no longer norms that are applicable to industrial production.
b. there is no such this as a single author of a crime
c. responsibility has been so watered down that in effect we find ourselves in a situation of total irresponsibility towards acts resulting from industrial produciton. pg 68

the new human being does not wish to do or to have but to experience. he wishes to experience, to know and , above all, to
This is an interesting set of very short philosophical essays relating to design. I find Flusser an intriguing and original thinker and am wondering whether I can make good use of some of these essays in the design history course I'm preparing.
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Oct 31, 2015 Lee Barry rated it really liked it
A must-read book for any designer, even if only a few essays. Written in the early web, but still relevant today. "...for the time being we still have hands with which we can grasp things...hence we can see the approaching totalitarianism doing the programming for what it is: a non-thing [and] shows how 'outdated' we are." (From 'Non-Thing 2')
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Vilém Flusser was a philosopher born in Czechoslovakia. He lived for a long period in Brazil and later in France, and his works are written in several different languages.
His early work was marked by discussion of the thought of Martin Heidegger, and by the influence of existentialism and phenomenology. Phenomenology would play a major role in the transition to the later phase of his work, in whic
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