The Design of Everyday Life

doel.jpgHow do common household items such as basic plastic house wares or high-tech digital cameras transform our daily lives? The Design of Everyday Life considers this question in detail, from the design of products through to their use in the home. I co-authored this book with Elizabeth Shove, and also with Jack Ingram and Martin Hand. It was published by Bloomsbury in 2007. 

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The Design of Everyday Life
Elizabeth Shove, Matt Watson, Martin Hand, Jack Ingram
Published by Berg, Oxford, 2007

Drawing on interviews with consumers themselves, the authors look at how everyday objects, ranging from screwdrivers to photo management software, are used on a practical level. Closely investigating the design, production and use of mass-market goods, the authors offer new interpretations of how consumers’ needs are met and manufactured. They examine the dynamic interaction of products with everyday practices.

The Design of Everyday Life presents a pathbreaking analysis of the sociology of objects, illuminating the connections between design and consumption

 

This book uses the everyday artefact to break new intellectual ground for consumption studies, design analysis, and the field of material culture… It is creative, fresh, and original.
Professor Harvey Molotch, New York

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Author: Matt Watson

A Human Geographer at the University of Sheffield, interested in how everyday human action and social orders make each other, with implications for sustainability and wellbeing. Currently looking at energy including how to tackle demand for it.

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