Books

  • Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change
  • Change by Design:  How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
  • Design for the other 90%
  • World changing: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century
  • This is Service Design Thinking
  • Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits
  • Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises
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  • Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change
  • Papanek, Victor (1971). Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, New York, Pantheon Books

Design for the Real World

Design for the Real World

Design for the Real World has, since its first appearance twenty-five years ago, become a classic. Translated into twenty-three languages, it is one of the world’s most widely read books on design. In this edition, Victor Papanek examines the attempts by designers to combat the tawdry, the unsafe, the frivolous, the useless product, once again providing a blueprint for sensible, responsible design in this world which is deficient in resources and energy.

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Change by Design:  How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

Brown, Tim (2009). Change by Design, Harper Collins. ISBN: 9780061766084

Change by Design

This book introduces design thinking, the collaborative process by which the designer’s sensibilities and methods are employed to match people’s needs with what is technically feasible and a viable business strategy. In short, design thinking converts need into demand. It’s a human-centered approach to problem solving that helps people and organizations become more innovative and creative.

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Design for the other 90%

Design for the 90%

Smith, Cynthia (2007). Design for the other 90%, New York, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

The book explores more than 30 projects which reflect the growing movement among designers, engineers, students and professors, architects, and social entrepreneurs to design low-cost solutions for this other 90%. Through partnerships both local and global, individuals and organizations around the United States and throughout the world are inventing unique ways to provide better access to food, water, shelter, health, education and energy to those who most need them. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Design for the Other 90% contains more than a dozen essays by leading experts in the field, accompanied by 200 full-color illustrations, to highlight a wide variety of design innovations that address the basic challenges of survival and progress faced by the world’s poor and marginalized.

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Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century

Alex Steffen (2006). World changing: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, New York, Harry N. Abrams

Worldchanging

Written by a collaborative of leading thinkers across a diverse range of industries, “Worldchanging” demonstrates that the means for building a better future lie all around us. Filled with information, resources, reviews and ideas, “Worldchanging” gives readers access to the tools they need to make a difference. Each chapter offers practical answers to important questions, such as: Why does buying locally produced food make sense? What steps can we take to influence our workplace toward sustainability? How do we volunteer and advocate more effectively? How can we travel, live, work and learn in worldchanging ways? And how, in short, can every human being help build a better future locally and globally?Illustrated with colour photographs throughout and designed by Stefan Sagmeister, one of the most influential graphic designers working today, “Worldchanging” proves that a life that is sustainable, prosperous, thoughtful and democratic, dynamic and peaceful, is not just possible, it’s here.

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This is Service Design Thinking

Marc Stickdorn, Jakob Schneider and the co-authors (2011). This is Service Design thinking, The Netherlands, BIS Publishers

This is Service Design Thinking

This Is Service Design Thinking combines the knowledge of twenty-three international authors and even more online contributors from the global service design community and is divided into three sections:

Basics: outlines service design thinking along five basic principles
Tools: describing a variety of tools and methods used in Service Design Thinking
Cases: vivid examples for the introduced fundamentals with real-life case studies from 5 companies that did inspiring projects within the field of Service Design

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The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits

K Prahalad (2005). Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, Upper Saddle River, Wharton school Publishing

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits

The world’s most exciting, fastest-growing new market is where you least expect it: at the bottom of the pyramid. Collectively, the world’s billions of poor people have immense untapped buying power. They represent an enormous opportunity for companies who learn how to serve them. The book offers a blueprint for driving the radical innovation you’ll need to profit in emerging markets–and using those innovations to become more competitive “everywhere.” It includes eleven concise, fast-paced success stories from India, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela–ranging from salt to soap, banking to cellphones, healthcare to housing. These stories are backed by more detailed case studies and 10 hours of digital videos on whartonsp.com. Simply put, this book is about making a revolution: building profitable “bottom of the pyramid” markets, reducing poverty, and creating an inclusive capitalism that works for “everyone.”

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Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises

Architecture for Humanity (2006). Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, New York, Metropolis Books

Design Like You Give a Damn

Design Like You Give a Damn is the first book to gather projects conceived and executed by architects and designers under the aegis of Architecture for Humanity, a relief organization dedicated to promoting architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. The book showcases about forty projects from the past decade, including schemes in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iran, with detailed descriptions for each, illustrated by stunning colour photographs and architectural drawings.

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