The Culture of Design

The Culture of Design

by Dr Guy Julier (Author)

Synopsis

`Julier provides an important contemporary account of how design disciplines act and interact in the world. Furthermore, this exercise in cultural coordination is infused with academic import: he references classic thinkers in cultural and social studies such as Marx, Bourdieu, Baudrillard, Fiske, Hebdige, Williamson... to name only a few, and these `names' aren't merely mentioned; importantly, his critical analyses of these thinkers with respect to pertinent issues within contemporary design, are timely and interesting.... an important resource for the student of design... perfection as a cultural studies text' - European Journal of Cultural Studies

Aimed at students of design studies, design history, cultural studies and sociology, The Culture of Design, offers a unique overview of design practice in contemporary culture and society. Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives, Julier nevertheless foregrounds the everyday business and professional context in which designers work.

The Culture of Design: establishes `design culture' as a distinct discipline; investigates the interactions of design producers and consumers; includes a series of illustrative case studies; and opens up design and design practice for critical interrogation.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Published: 30 Oct 2000

ISBN 10: 0761968679
ISBN 13: 9780761968672

Media Reviews
`Julier provides an important contemporary account of how design disciplines act and interact in the world. Furthermore, this exercise in cultural coordination is infused with academic import: he references classic thinkers in cultural and social studies such as Marx, Bourdieu, Baudrillard, Fiske, Hebdige, Williamson... to name only a few, and these `names' aren't merely mentioned; importantly, his critical analyses of these thinkers with respect to pertinent issues within contemporary design, are timely and interesting.... an important resource for the student of design... perfection as a cultural studies text' - European Journal of Cultural Studies

`meticulous, in-depth first-hand research is highly evident... Julier can fee safe in the knowledge that...The Culture of Design is destined to become a fixture on the A-list of recommended reading for design courses for many years to come' - The Design Journal

`It answers the need for a text that defends design practice from the types of postmodern critiques that attack the concept of authorship as superfluous' - Journal of Design History

`An excellent text, clear, well thought out and lucidly written; the balance between theoretical material, background information, and detailed analysis of examples, is very good; and it concerns an issue - design in the period of its deep convergence with advertising - which will be of interest not only to design specialists and students, but also to a broader readership in cultural studies and technology' - Andrew Wernick, Trent University, Ontario

`The Culture of Design offers both a very exciting critical overview and an innovative contribution to the field.... this should be a popular text book for art and design courses. It could also be an important text to support the increasingly visual turn influencing cultural studies, sociology and material and spatial culture courses' - Barrie Curtis, University of Middlesex

Author Bio
Guy Julier is Senior Lecturer in design at Leeds Metropolitan University.