- Design for the Real World
Human Ecology and Social Change
Resource Type: Book
While two-thirds of the world's population lives in poverty, valuable human and natural resources are used to produce: fur-covered toilet seats, electronic nail polish dryers, diapers for parakeets, and mink-oil fertilizer for "the plant that has everything." Papanek discusses why the things you buy are expensive, badly designed, unsafe, and often don't work. He proposes alternative ways of thinking and alternative designs for safe, inexpensive, and desperately needed products.
- People's Aesthetics
Resource Type: Article
An essay on self-proclaimed "progressives" and their hypocritical defense of cultural hierarchies and consumption of popular or lower middle class culture for camp value. He opines that the distinction between craft and art is class based.
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