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Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming (The MIT Press) ハードカバー – イラスト付き, 2013/12/6
Today designers often focus on making technology easy to use, sexy, and consumable. In Speculative Everything, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby propose a kind of design that is used as a tool to create not only things but ideas. For them, design is a means of speculating about how things could be -- to imagine possible futures. This is not the usual sort of predicting or forecasting, spotting trends and extrapolating; these kinds of predictions have been proven wrong, again and again. Instead, Dunne and Raby pose "what if" questions that are intended to open debate and discussion about the kind of future people want (and do not want).
Speculative Everything offers a tour through an emerging cultural landscape of design ideas, ideals, and approaches. Dunne and Raby cite examples from their own design and teaching and from other projects from fine art, design, architecture, cinema, and photography. They also draw on futurology, political theory, the philosophy of technology, and literary fiction. They show us, for example, ideas for a solar kitchen restaurant; a flypaper robotic clock; a menstruation machine; a cloud-seeding truck; a phantom-limb sensation recorder; and devices for food foraging that use the tools of synthetic biology. Dunne and Raby contend that if we speculate more -- about everything -- reality will become more malleable. The ideas freed by speculative design increase the odds of achieving desirable futures.
Speculative Everything neatly and quietly dispels the myths, misunderstandings and simplifications surrounding speculative design. Of course, there will always be people who dismiss Dunne and Raby's work for being too arty, and, well, too speculative to be strictly design but if some of them ever read the book, i'm quite convinced that they will at least agree on the fact that its authors ask some valid questions and more importantly perhaps articulate them in an intelligent, compelling way.—We Make Money Not Art—
In conclusion, something should be said about how refined and handsome this book is, as a designed artifact. Though it's a work for the academy and not for the coffee-table, it deliberately upholds a high standard. All the illustrations, and there are many, are in crisp resolution, while starkly obvious pains have been taken to see that due credit was given to every creative person involved in every image. It's the polar opposite of the carefree, slobbering virality of Youtube, Tumblr, and this weblog, and there's something heart-lifting in its living demonstration of what can be achieved today. Not tomorrow, and not in the imagination—but really, right here and now.—Bruce Sterling, Beyond the Beyond—
- 出版社 : The MIT Press; Illustrated版 (2013/12/6)
- 発売日 : 2013/12/6
- 言語 : 英語
- ハードカバー : 240ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0262019841
- ISBN-13 : 978-0262019842
- 寸法 : 24.03 x 18.44 x 2.08 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 116,720位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
This is in the mould of the Neil Spiller book, Visionary Architecture. On the one hand it is a survey, in this case of speculative design, and on the other it is a well meaning compilation of the work of the authors' former students and others. Accordingly it is not the broadest most authoritative possible survey of the state of speculative design, but there is plenty here to interest and engage. Rather like wandering round a Degree show for the local arts and design course.
The thesis of the book is that by designing things, from items to countries, that are just there to provoke thought, we can help ourselves pick out a better future for ourselves. The book is brim full of interesting stuff, and well illustrated with colour photos. For Kindle the book design is rather nice, with a custom font, which I had not seen before. The font spacing is odd though, the letters “s” and “e” sit too far apart and a few extra spaces have appeared, particularly where there text has been italicised.
I am not familiar enough with this field to comment on the originality of the work, but it is written with genuine authority, enthusiasm, generosity and a lightness of touch. If you have any interest in this field then you will recognise some of the projects cited. I do feel that it is currently slightly over-priced, at nearly twenty pounds for Kindle, and it would have been nice to get beyond the design stage to get a feel for the impacts of such speculative design work beyond the narrow confines of the design community.
They do a wonderful job of synthesising works by other authors and people whom have had an influence on their work, which also weaving in case studies and stories of their own practice.