Design roots [electronic resource] : culturally significant designs, products, and practices / edited by Stuart Walker, Martyn Evans, Tom Cassidy, Jeyon Jung, and Amy Twigger Holroyd.

by Cassidy, Tom, Professor of design [editor.]Looking glass; Evans, M. (Martyn) [editor.]Looking glass; Holroyd, Amy Twigger [editor.]Looking glass; Jung, J. (Jeyon) [editor.]Looking glass; Walker, Stuart, 1955- [editor.]Looking glass; Bloomsbury (Firm)Looking glass.

Series: Bloomsbury academic collections: Publisher: London, England : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.Description: 1 online resource (xix, 378 pages) : illustrations, maps.ISBN: 9781474241823.Subject(s): Decoration and ornamentLooking glass | Material cultureLooking glass | Product designLooking glass | Design Research and Futures | History and Culture of Design | Material Culture | Product Design | Electronic booksLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index. Technical information: Mode of access: World Wide Web Access restrictions: Restricted to subscribers or individual electronic text purchasers.Online access: Read this e-book from Bloomsbury Design Library
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Design Roots provides a comprehensive review of culturally significant designs, products and practices which are rooted to particular communities through making tradition and a sense of place. Many rich traditional practices associated with community, tacit knowledge and culture are being rapidly lost due to globalisation and urbanisation. Yet they have much to offer for the future in terms of sustainability, identity, wellbeing and new opportunities in design. This book considers the creative roots, the place-based ecologies, and deep understandings of cultural significance, not only in terms of history and tradition but also in terms of locale, social interactions, innovation, and change for the sustainment of culturally significant material productions. Importantly, these are not locked in time by sentimentality and nostalgia but are evolving, innovative, and adaptive to new technologies and changing circumstances. Contributing authors explore the historical roots of culturally significant designs, products and practices, emerging directions, amateur endeavours, enterprise models, business opportunities and the changing role and contribution of design in the creation of material cultures of significance, meaning and value. An international perspective is provided through case studies and research from North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia, with examples including Aran jumper production in Northern Ireland, weaving in Thailand, Iranian housing design, Brazilian street design and digital crafting in the United Kingdom.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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This collection of essays by design and craft scholars and practitioners explores changing roles of contemporary craft production in an era of globalization, homogenization, and digitization. Although five editors were involved with the project, Design Roots acts as a casebook supporting theories proposed by lead editor Stuart Walker. In various ways, most contributors address the question of how to revive traditional craft processes and styles while retaining authentic relationships to places of origin, transforming uses of traditionally inflected craft products to offer relevance to global consumers, and employing digital techniques to simplify creation of new products and empower hands-on involvement. About a third of the essays lean toward the theoretical; others summarize ethnographic or stylistic case studies from various places (Ireland, Thailand, Turkey, Indonesia, South Korea, Estonia). A majority involve revitalizing traditional methods of textile design and production for success in global markets without loss of authenticity. The main strength of Design Roots is also its main problem. The editors avoid the unsatisfying buffet style of most collections, but some contributions are so geared toward supporting Walker's theories that their actual subjects seem secondary. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.--Jeffrey L Meikle, University of Texas at Austin

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Stuart Walker is Professor of Design for Sustainability at Lancaster University, UK. Martyn Evans is Professor of Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Tom Cassidy is Chair of Design at the University of Leeds, UK. Jeyon Jung is Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK. Amy Twigger Holroyd is Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, UK.