Designing: A Journey Through Time, 2nd Edition

Designing: A Journey Through Time, 2nd Edition

by Jacques Giard

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Overview

Designing: A Journey Through Time is a sequel to Design FAQs, the author�s first book. Both books were written as introductions to
the artificial world of design and designing. Like Design FAQs, Designing: A Journey Through Time has the same audience in mind:
students beginning their studies in design, architecture, and the humanities as well as anyone interested in exploring how design
occurs and how it impacts our lives. Designing: A Journey Through Time (2nd edition) has been revised and includes new sections
on Canadian design and sustainability, as well as a new chapter on the role of design in your future.
Designing: A Journey Through Time explores the human process of designing by way of The Designing Triad, a simple
diagrammatic way of demystifying the designing process by focusing on its three principal players: the User, the Designer, and the
Maker. The author takes the reader back to the earliest days of designing�some 3.4 million years ago�when the User, the
Designer, and the Maker were not separate entities but were found in one and the same person. The author then proceeds to
show how that triad of players evolved, first with the User as someone separate to the Designer/Maker and then to the situation
that we have today: the User, Designer, and Maker as three independent players.
Designing: A Journey Through Time has a clear, readable, and concise style that provides an accessible and instructive
introduction to the history, development, and fundamental principles of the designing process. It engages the reader by describing
the evolution of designing as a metaphor; that is, a journey through time�from the earliest stone artifacts to today�s complex
world of buildings, planes, and high technology.
Designing: A Journey Through Time is underpinned by an important premise: designing is a universal and human activity that has
permitted mankind to co-exist with the Natural World by changing what exists to what is desired in the form of an Artificial World.
As a journey over time, the book develops this premise in nine chapters. Diagrams and photographs appear throughout the book.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014700283
Publisher: The Dorset Group, LLC
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 166,529
File size: 877 KB

About the Author

Jacques R. Giard is Professor of
Industrial Design in The Design School at
Arizona State University. Professor Giard
received his undergraduate degree in
furniture design in Montreal (1969),
completed graduate studies in industrial
design (engineering) in Birmingham, UK
(1971), and received a Ph.D. in cultural
studies from Concordia University in
Montreal (1987). Before becoming a
design educator, Professor Giard had
extensive professional experience in
Canada with various design
consultancies and manufacturers. He has
had over fifty articles and papers
published in various journals and
magazines in North America, Europe, and
Southeast Asia. He has also presented at
numerous national and international
design conferences. Professor Giard has
been actively involved in design
research. He was the lead design
researcher with Price-Waterhouse in a
Government of Canada investigation on
the Canadian design sector (1995-96)
and was co-principal investigator in a
USAID/TIES study of design and microenterprises
in Mexico (2004-07).
Professor Giard was national president of
the Association of Canadian Industrial
Designers (1996-97) and a member of the
organizing committee for the ICSID �97
Congress, themed �The Humane Village,�
prior to coming to the United States. He
is the recipient of several teaching
awards, and regularly teaches in
England, Korea and Mexico.

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I purchased this book for an entry level Design course I was taking at my university. For the first time in my collegiate career, I have found myself reading a book I originally purchased for class on my leisure time. I took the course as an elective and did not consider myself to be interested in the design industry because I had a very narrow perspective of what designing actually was. After perusing through the text, I found it so interesting that I began reading more in-depth. Not only am I more knowledgeable about contemporary design, but I have become fascinated with the history of design and how it affects the world we live in today. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about design, whether they are taking the course or not.
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