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Design Is the Problem

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Product design can have a tremendous impact on the world in terms of usability, waste, and resources. In Design Is the Problem, Nathan Shedroff examines how the endemic culture of design often creates unsustainable solutions, and shows how to ensure that design processes lead to more sustainable products and services.
Paperback, 317 pages
Published February 22nd 2009 by Rosenfeld Media (first published November 21st 2008)
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Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this book for a class on sustainability and design thinking. This book contains a lot of important information and it's obvious Shedroff really knows his stuff but is an exceedingly dull read. It basically just reads like one long, rambling lecture of what he thinks designers should do to design for sustainability. It was not at all compelling to me as someone who doesn't identify as a designer and this review is pretty unfair just because I didn't want to read the book in the first place ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a very very long report disguised as a book. If you're already aware that true sustainability takes in consideration the whole cycle of a product's life and is practically impossible to measure, then the first part is gonna be very repetitive.
When it comes to action points and examples from the industry, the book tends to forget the human factor attached to every product assembly line. Praising Apple for it's product design marvels without mentioning the outsourced manufacturing, which
Michael Morgan
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great intro for understanding sustainable design. I'd purchase a hardcopy to keep as a reference.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I struggled to read this book, especially after the chapter that described a good dozen systems. It was numbing, and I couldn't find a way to apply it to my work, which I find really unfortunate.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
It reads like a textbook, because it probably is. Author is a professor in sustainability. If you are looking for a general read on sustainable design, this is not the book for you--it is exceedingly comprehensive. But if you want exceedingly comprehensive... now you know where to look.
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May 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
+Sehr breiter Fokus, wirft einige interessante (und berechtigte!) Fragen auf

-Schlecht übertragbar auf Interface Design
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