Reassessing the concept of utility, this thought-provoking collection explores the philosophy behind utility, and offer a discussion of rational, or ethical, design theory. Rather than repeating arguments about the inadequacies of modern functional design, the book approaches the subject as a continuing history which has attempted to improve the human condition through a process of rational thought in the construction of the material world. Detailed historical studies of cars, textiles, clothing, ceramics, and furniture are presented alongside a generic definition of utility which puts forth a new ethical design theory.a Jeep chassis with many standard Jeep components. ... The Land-Rover represented a continuation of the pragmatic design tradition practised by Rover before the war. ... Paradoxically, the extensive use of manual processes, anathema to the advocates of mass production, resulted in the vehiclea#39;s adaptable, simpleanbsp;...
|Publisher||:||Manchester University Press - 1999-01|