Design and Aesthetics: A Reader
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Design and Aesthetics: A Reader is a comprehensive student reader on design history and aesthetic theory. It includes contributions from many of the writers whose work has been foundational to these two fields, including classic articles by Raymond Williams and Roger Scruton, and newer articles which provide an overview of current concerns and debates.
The role of design in the world today has aroused much controversy. The first half of this book deals with the main arguments which have emerged from contemporary analysis of its role in the communication process. Essays focus on the question of absolute aesthetic standards versus cultural relativism, and the role of objects in cultural and social life. The second part turns to particular areas of design history, ranging from architecture and pottery to the history of dress. These two main sectors are prefaced by contextualising introductions by Jerry Palmer and Mo Dodson.
Part I. 7 See in particular the beautiful speech given by Socrates at the end of the Symposium. Plato’s thought—reconstituted by Augustine and Boethius, and embellished with all the symbolic trappings of mediaeval courtly love— achieved its finest expression in Dante’s Divine Comedy, a work in which the conflict between the carnal and the spiritual, the temporal and the eternal, is confronted and resolved. 8 See, for example, Summa Theologica, la, 2ae, 27, 1. Also Hegel 1979: Introduction. 9 Kant
include an essay by David Docherty, Head of Strategic Planning at the BBC, on how such techniques are used on a day-to-day basis in media organizations. In general, such organizations need detailed empirical information about audience preferences in media output in order to make informed planning decisions about future output. While such information can never replace creativity, it is commonly the case in such organizations that it is used in the process of managing creative teams. Broadcasting,
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