Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy

Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy

Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy

By  Jonathan Chapman

Description

Emotionally Durable Design presents counterpoints to our’ throwaway society’ by developing powerful design tools, methods and frameworks that build resilience into relationships between people and things. The book takes us beyond the sustainable design field’s established focus on energy and materials to engage the underlying psychological phenomena that shape patterns of consumption and waste.

In fluid and accessible writing, the author asks why we discard products that still work? He then moves forward to define strategies for designing products that people want to keep for longer. Along the way, we are introduced to over twenty examples of emotional durability in smartphones, shoes, chairs, clocks, teacups, toasters, boats and other material experiences.

Emotionally Durable Design transcends sustainability discourse’s prevailing doom and gloom rhetoric to pioneer a more hopeful, meaningful and resilient form of material culture. It is a daring call to arms for professional designers, educators, researchers, and students from various disciplines, from product design to architecture, framing an alternative genre of design that reduces the consumption and waste of resources by increasing the durability of relationships between people and things. This second edition features pull-out quotes, illustrated product examples, a running glossary and comprehensive stand firsts; this book can be read cover to cover or dipped in-and-out of.

Shop Now