Design for Need, The Social Contribution of Design

Design for Need, The Social Contribution of Design

An anthology of papers presented to the Symposium at the Royal College of Art, London, April 1976

1st Edition - January 1, 1977

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  • Editors: Julian Bicknell, Liz Mcquiston
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483157405

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Design for Need: The Social Contribution of Design compiles papers presented at the Symposium at the Royal College of Art, London in April 1976. This book focuses on the concept of design as a conditioning, reformist, and practical element in society, which examines and demonstrates actual projects carried out in response to social needs. The topics discussed include the industrial design in dependent countries; social forces that determine the shape of technology; role of the designer in disaster relief; reduction of need by design; role of the artist in a hospital environment; and Lucas workers' initiative. The language of social action; twelve methodologies for design; and future of design education are also deliberated in this text. This publication is intended for professional and student designers aiming to gain knowledge on the extended and systematic study and development of design applications.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    Editor's Note


    Opening Address

    Precariousness and Ambiguity - Industrial Design in Dependent Countries

    Some Aspects of Agrarian and Industrial Development in a Developing Country

    Identification of Design Problems in India

    Design Collaboration at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi 1970-19

    Social Forces Determine the Shape of Technology

    The Need for Design Education in Developing Countries

    Deshanagari - A Common Script for All Indian Languages

    Ceramics for the Developing World

    The Role of the Designer in Disaster Relief

    A Range of Easy Chairs for the Adult Disabled and Elderly Frail

    Low Handicap Technology - The Reduction of Need by Design

    Ergonomic Analysis of Personal Hygiene Activities

    The Role of the Artist in a Hospital Environment

    The Artist as Producer

    After the Oil Boom - Design for a Service Center

    Le Demesurable

    Designing for Need (Radio Talk)

    Design for Social Need - The Lucas Workers' Initiative

    Technology - The Language of Social Action

    Conceptual Design - A Polemic

    Person to Person Design

    Twelve Methodologies for Design - Because People Count

    Concluding Address

    Index of Authors

    Other Contributors to the Design for Need Exhibition and Symposium

    Photographs from the Atelier Bernard Lassus

    Photographs by Tom Picton

    Photographs by Mark Pilkington

Product details

  • No. of pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1977
  • Published: January 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483157405

About the Editors

Julian Bicknell

Liz Mcquiston

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