1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Design Studies

Edited By Penny Sparke, Fiona Fisher Copyright 2016
    576 Pages
    by Routledge

    576 Pages
    by Routledge

    Since the 1990s, in response to dramatic transformations in the worlds of technology and the economy, design – a once relatively definable discipline, complete with a set of subdisciplines – has become unrecognizable. Consequently, design scholars have begun to address new issues, themes and sub-disciplines such as: sustainable design, design for well-being, empathic design, design activism, design anthropology, and many more.

    The Routledge Companion to Design Studies charts this new expanded spectrum and embraces the wide range of scholarship relating to design – theoretical, practice-related and historical – that has emerged over the past four decades. Comprising forty-three newly commissioned chapters, the Companion is organized into the following six sections:

    • Defining design: discipline, process
    • Defining design: objects, spaces
    • Designing identities: gender, sexuality, age, nation
    • Designing society: empathy, responsibility, consumption, the everyday
    • Design and politics: activism, intervention, regulation
    • Designing the world: globalization, transnationalism, translation.

    Contributors include both established and emerging scholars and the chapters offer an international scope, covering work emanating from, and relating to, design in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, North America, Asia, Australasia and Africa.

    This comprehensive collection makes an original and significant contribution to the field of Design Studies.


    Penny Sparke


    Defining Design: Discipline, Process

    1. Penelope Dean
    2. Free For All

    3. Jilly Traganou
    4. Wall Street Bounded and Unbinding: The Spatial as a Multifocal Lens in Design Studies

    5. Alison Prendiville
    6. Connectivity Through Service Design

    7. Louise Valentine
    8. A Curious Journey into an Unknown World

    9. Christopher Boyko, Yi Chang Lee, Rachel Cooper,
    10. Design Decision Making

    11. Lois Weinthal
    12. Drawing the Dotted Line

    13. Janice Helland
    14. The Craft and Design of Dressmaking, 1880 -1907

      PART TWO

      Defining Design: Objects, Spaces

    15. Robert Friedel
    16. Artifice, Materials and the Choices of Design

    17. Paul Atkinson
    18. Writing the Design History of Computers

    19. Victoria Kelley
    20. Keeping it on the Surface: Design, Surfaces and Taste

    21. Trevor Keeble
    22. Table Stories: History, Meaning and Narrative in Contemporary Homemaking

    23. Marilyn Cohen
    24. Wall Street(s)

    25. Viviana Narotzky
    26. Beyond Perfection. Object and process in twenty-first century design and material culture



      Designing Identities: Gender, Sexuality, Age, Nation

    27. Christopher Breward
    28. Modern Dressing: the suit as practice and symbol

    29. Penny Sparke
    30. Arranging the Aspidistras: nature, culture and the design of the feminine sphere in the nineteenth century

    31. John Potvin
    32. From Bright Young Thing to Vile Body to Posthumous Reliquary: Stephen Tennant, queer excess and the decadent interior

    33. Amy F. Ogata
    34. Designing Childhood

    35. Noel Waite
    36. Futures Fairs: Industrial exhibitions in New Zealand 1865-1925

    37. Paul Hazell
    38. A Difficult Road: Designing a post-colonial car for Africa

    39. Jeremy Aynsley
    40. The Cultural Representation of Graphic Design in East and West Germany, 1949 to 1970

    41. Kjetil Fallan
    42. A Match Made in Utopia: the uneasy love affair of art and industry in Scandinavia



      Designing Society: Empathy, Responsibility, Consumption, the Everyday

    43. Barbara Penner
    44. From Ergonomics to Empathy: Herman Miller and MetaForm

    45. Deana McDonagh
    46. How Products Satisfy Needs Beyond the Functional: empathy supporting consumer-product relationships

    47. Joseph McBrinn
    48. Refashioning disability: the case of Painted Fabrics Ltd, 1915-1959

    49. Rama Gheerawo
    50. Socially Inclusive Design: a people-centred perspective

    51. Lorraine Gamman and Adam Thorpe
    52. What is "Socially Responsive Design and Innovation"?

    53. Ming Cheung
    54. Use Experience Design in Digital Service Information

    55. Prasad Boradkar
    56. Design + Anthropology: An Emergent Discipline

    57. Ben Highmore
    58. Design, Daily Life and Matters of Taste



      Design and Politics: Activism, Intervention, Regulation

    59. Tony Fry
    60. Configuring Design as Politics Now

    61. Alison J. Clarke
    62. Design for the Real World: Victor Papanek and the Emergence of Humane Design

    63. Eeva Berglund
    64. Impossible Maybe, Perhaps Quite Likely: Activist design in Helsinki’s urban wastelands

    65. Stuart Walker
    66. Design for Meaningful Innovation

    67. Rebecca Reubens
    68. Towards Holistic Sustainability Design: The Rhizome Approach

    69. Fiona Fisher

    Regulating Design: Spaces and Boundaries of the Late Nineteenth-Century Public House


    Designing the World: Globalization, Transnationalism, Translation

    1. Victor Margolin
    2. A World History of Design

    3. Grace Lees-Maffei
    4. "Why Then the World’s my Oyster": Consumption and Globalization, 1851 to now

    5. Meltem O Gürel
    6. Designing and Consuming the Modern in Turkey

    7. Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz
    8. Three Dutchnesses of Dutch Design: The Construction of a National Practice at the Intersection of National and International Dynamics

    9. Tanishka Kachru
    10. The Staging of Indian National Identity Through Exhibitions, 1850-1947

    11. Elise Hodson
    12. Exhibiting Independent India: Textiles and Ornamental Arts at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

    13. Christine Guth
    14. Design before Design in Japan

    15. Yuko Kikuchi

    The Cold War Design Business of John D. Rockefeller 3rd


    Penny Sparke is a Professor of Design History and Director of the Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC) at Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, London. Her publications include Elsie de Wolfe: The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration (2005), The Modern Interior (2008) and An Introduction to Design and Culture, 1900 to the Present, 3rd edition (2012). She is the present Chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Design History.

    Fiona Fisher is a Researcher in Design History at the Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC), Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, London, where she is Curator of the University's Dorich House Museum. Her publications include Designing the British Post-War Home: Kenneth Wood, 1948–1968 (2015) and, co-edited with Christopher Breward and Ghislaine Wood, British Design: Tradition and Modernity after 1948 (2015). She is the present Managing Editor of the Journal of Design History.