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This is a thoughtful update on previous editions; Julier takes time to pick up on 'sticky' issues and explain them in detail without sounding pedantic or over-bearing. This new edition will be a welcome addition to contemporary design culture and of use to designers and students alike.
Just as the domains of design studies and practice are in a constant state of evolution, this Third Edition of The Culture of Design has evolved to present a comprehensive discussion of contemporary design as a socio-technical cultural phenomenon in theory and practice.
Few books have had the success of producing a new scholarly field in the way of Guy Julier’s The Culture of Design. This book has proved to be the cornerstone in the curriculum of courses and new educations in Design Culture Studies.
The Culture of Design remains the only historically situated yet comprehensively contemporary account of how design as a creative industry materializes values into everyday lifestyles. Julier's capacity to extend his framework to cover the large and diverse changes design has undergone - in relation to digital economies and the rise of design thinking and social design - since the last edition, attest to his analyses' validity and power.
The third edition of The Culture of Design has again improved upon earlier versions. It has valuable new parts on economy that improve it and open new possibilities for research. Prof. Julier has also managed to keep the valuable features of his book. I believe there will be a global market for the book, and I find it still a valuable contribution to design education as well as research.
We use the book as an illustration about what design might look like.
This is one of these design books that offer a very good overview of all aspects of design culture.
This book is excellent in connecting design to current scholarship in other disciplines. It inspires a myriad of possibilities to study design as related to culture. The case studies are recent and illuminating.
Excellent overview of design methodologies, practices and industry agendas
great book for completing research and to use for further reading
an engaging text
An excellent book that continues to be relevant to students whose disciplines demand an engagement with design and culture.
This book has in previous editions been a core text on our Design Studies 2 module, which is taught across three undergraduate Product Design programmes and the new updated edition is greatly welcomed and has been updated on the students reading lists.
The book is written in a manner that is easily accessible to students and on topics that support seminar discussion within this module well.
This book covers contemporary issues in design against a historical background. It is an ideal text that demonstrates the necessity of theoretical writing to underpin design research.
Julier carefully negotiates some of the complex theory underlying the concepts of culture and design, and their historical development. The new version is refreshing in its inclusion of social impact design, but could further benefit from a less Eurocentric perspective of design culture. We have ordered multiple copies of the book for the universities libraries as supplemental reading for our students.
Too narrow in scope for this course. Very good book though - just not a good match for a media sociology course aiming at visual communication.
A worthwhile read for all art & design students giving them a thorough and useful insight into the culture of design.
This book challenges contemporary design thinking and is engaging for both practising designers and for students of design. Although there is much that is familiar, Guy Julier provides a fresh set of 'lenses' on design by creating a domain between traditional design histories and material cultures. A useful and provocative text.
This book gives way to better understanding about design, society, and everyday life. Further, This may help my students in investigating the lifestyle from somewhat different perspectives.
A great book full of case studies illuminating different aspects of design. However, a bit lighter on the cultural angle.