Prototype Design and Craft in the 21st Century

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-02-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Design in the 21st century has become increasingly more embedded in a complex system of disciplines (software and digital design, graphic design, architecture, construction, medical practices, business design and management, technology, graphic design, product design, etc.) and as a result, the intricacies of designing a product have increased. How can NASA test products for alien environments on Earth? How can a designer successfully test a digital program for a space that is not tangible? It is these problems that this collection responds to, allowing the reader to understand the significance of the prototype in modern design, and how designers must use this process to predict the potential future of their product.

Prototype enables design students and professionals to explore the significance of the prototype and its influence and bearing on the future of design. As the prototype is a model of something not yet built, a kind of future in the present, its importance in the development of the finished product cannot be ignored. It allows designers to understand what needs to be changed and what needs to be manipulated in order to create a product that successfully understands and navigates all the complexities of the modern world. In this way, the book allows us to rethink the nature of the prototype for the 21st century and beyond.

Author Biography

Louise Valentine is a senior researcher in Design and Craft at the University of Dundee, UK.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note
Notes on Contributors

Dr Louise Valentine

Crafting Interactions: The Purpose and Practice of Serious Play
Michael Schrage

From Mari to Memphis: The Role of Prototypes in Italian Radical and Postmodern Design
Dr Catharine Rossi

The Imaginative Use of Fictional Prototypes
Fraser Bruce and Professor Seaton Baxter

Prototyping for the Design Spaces of the Future
Dr Elizabeth Sanders

Handle with Care
Hazel White

Prototypes as a Central Vein for Knowledge Development
Professor Peter Jan Stapper

Techne and Logos at the Edge of Space
Constance Adams

Prototopia: Craft, Type and Utopia in Historical Perspective
Professor Frederic Schwartz

High Value, Time-Poor Users
Dr Stuart Brown

Computer Embedded Design: PAIPR Prototyping
Steve Gill

The Method of RIP + MIX and Reflections on it Prototypes
Dr Rosan Chow

Closing Remark
Dr Louise Valentine

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