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The Nature and Aesthetics of Design
by David Pye
This is David Pye's classic book on the theory of design. In it, he explores the many facets of good design, including the relationship of aesthetics with function.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 28th 2000 by A&C Black
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A treatise on the essential nature of design as a human activity, its relation to art, science, technics, form, function, aesthetics, and worksmanship. This is one of those books that is not very directly practical--in other words not a very modern book. I love books like that. Pye was a professor of furniture design at the British Royal College of Art. His discussion is wide-ranging and useful only in that deep sense of utility that comes from a thorough understanding rather than in the modern ...more