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25 years, 25 books: What is Design?

Charles Eames, ¿Qué es el diseño?

Charles Eames, besides being one of the most recognised and influential designers of the twentieth century, was also a poetry lecturer at Harvard for some time. The legendary interview he gave in 1972 on the occasion of the Qu’est ce que le design? exhibition still holds his fascinating intensity and powerful poetic expression more than forty years later. During that conversation, Eames explained his views on many aspects on the nature of Design and Design Thinking that are still discussed today.

What is your definition of ‘Design,’ Monsieur Eames?
One could describe Design as a plan for arranging elements to accomplish a particular purpose.

Is Design an expression of art?
I would rather say it’s an expression of purpose. It may, if it is good enough, later be judged as art.

Is Design a craft for industrial purposes?
No, but Design may be a solution to some industrial problems.

What are the boundaries of Design?
What are the boundaries of problems?

The full interview at Eames Office

Eames expressed a model in which design was seen as an instrument for a better future. An inspirational reading, really essential to understanding the origin of the objects that surround us.

Neuhart, John y Marilyn; Eames, Ray, Eames design, The work of the office of Charles and Ray Eames, Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers, Nueva York, 1989.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of ADN DESIGN (1990-2015), we want to share with the community of designers and with anyone interested in design, creativity and material culture, a series of commentaries on the books that have most influenced our reflections and our creations. "25 years, 25 books" is a passionate and intimate tour of texts that somehow have shaped our understanding and our way of doing design.

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At July 28, 2015 at 1:53 PM, Blogger m'angel dinamik said...

definitely a very inspiring book. thanks for sharing. and congratulations for your time.


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