I bought this book and the Design as Art I went to The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican. I would like to read these two books because they reflect on a quite specific theme: design and culture. The Language of Things turned out to be a great book to understand how design is able to influence and take part of someone's opinion or choices. This book is great because it makes you reflect on very specific matter with great examples that most of the times we applaud and nod our heads without questioning.
I highly recommend this book because it helps to define the language of the world we live in and what we can do (or ask) to better understand it and, as a designer, to produce better work. Which doesn't need to be necessarily useful.
If I had to elaborate a question based on this book I would ask: Why does design need to be useful? And if it's not necessary is it still design?
Most of you know Starck's citrus-squeezer is not highly functional but that was not his point:
"It's not meant to squeeze lemons, it is meant to start conversations." Philippe Starck
It's great to know the how but it's also important to know the why. And sometimes the why can be something greater than what we are designing at that moment.
Published by: João Miranda in Book of the month, Graphic Design
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