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Design and Society: Social Issues in Technological Design


  • Discusses concepts of good design from social perspectives

  • Includes a series of case studies for each explained concept

  • Provides a systematic analysis of social issues in design


Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 1-18
  3. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 19-32
  4. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 33-49
  5. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 51-66
  6. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 67-87
  7. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 89-104
  8. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 105-124
  9. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 125-137
  10. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 139-155
  11. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 157-170
  12. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 171-190
  13. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 191-205
  14. Cameron Shelley
    Pages 207-224
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 225-234

About this book


This book discusses concepts of good design from social perspectives grounded in anthropology, sociology and philosophy, the goal being to provide readers with an awareness of social issues to help them in their work as design professionals. Each chapter covers a specific area of good practice in design, explaining and applying a small set of related concepts to a series of case studies, and including a list of additional sources recommended for further study. The book does not assume any specialized, technical background knowledge; it is not a how-to book that offers technical instruction. Yet, it focuses on the assessment of designs, addressing concepts qualitatively (with a small exception for the concept of risk). Based on an established university course on Design and Society at the Centre for Society, Technology, and Values that the author offers for students from a variety of disciplines, the book represents a valuable resource for students in engineering, architecture and industrial design – helping prepare them for careers as design professionals – and for all readers in design-related professions interested in understanding a side of design that they may well never have considered systematically. Because of its broad scope and non-technical presentation style, the book may also appeal to general readers interested in social issues in design and technology.


Assessment of Design Rational Design Technotonic and Technostressing Design Trust in Design Style as Social Signals Style as Marketing Design Activism Spatial Justice Design Under Uncertainty Bio-inspired Design Sustainable Design Moral Concepts of Progress

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Society, Technology and ValuesUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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