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Design for the Real World

Human Ecology and Social Change

By Victor Papanek
18-minute read
Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek

Design for the Real Word takes an uncompromising look at the social and ecological repercussions of industrial design in the United States. In order to combat this destructive trend, author Victor Papanek offers fundamental insights into socially, morally and environmentally responsible design, as well as ideas for achieving those goals.

  • Anyone interested in a critical perspective on design in modern society
  • Anyone interested in the social and environmental responsibilities of     designers
  • Designers, business leaders and others who want to use design to fulfill unmet social needs

Victor Papanek was an Austrian-American designer and educator renowned for his highly critical views on the social and environmental responsibility of designers. He taught at various universities throughout North America and authored and co-authored a number of books, including How Things Don’t Work, Design for Human Scale, and The Green Imperative.

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