Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Design

Zelenko, Oksana (2007) Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Design. Convergence, 13(3), pp. 326-327.

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Abstract

Anthony Dunne’s Hertzian Tales is an exploration of the aesthetic and conceptual aspects of industrial design and its potential to bring about social change for the users of electronic objects. It is a provoking and – to first-time readers – positively alarming social commentary on the interrelationship between electronic product design and culture, and the powerful but largely under-explored potential of electronic innovation to trigger social awareness. Hertzian Tales proposes an innovative approach to critical design and therefore serves as a reflection on and a critique of the commercial design practices at large. In this second edition, Dunne reiterates the original rationale for his project: a concern that the majority of industrial designers have unwittingly joined a treadmill culture of post-industrial mass-production – turning out electronic goods that have long simply met the brief of an optimally functioning and eagerly consumable technology.

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ID Code: 84611
Item Type: Review
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Book Review: Anthony Dunne. Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006, 175 pages, $29.95. ISBN-10: 0 262 04323 0 (pbk)
Keywords: industrial design, aesthetics, innovation, product design, book review
DOI: 10.1177/13548565070130030805
ISSN: 1748-7382
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Industrial Design (120305)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 22:50
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 22:50

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