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Thinking Design looks at ‘design’ in its broadest sense and shows how design originates in ‘human need’ which is not only physical but also psychological, socio-cultural, ecological and spiritual. The book calls for broad-based, socially integrated designs with a large global vision that offer creative solutions to a variety of subjects rather than providing multiplicity of objects. Exploring the course taken by design during the time of Gandhi and in the following era, the author advocates the need for service - or process-oriented designs in contrast to product-oriented designs.

The book explores the history of traditional design and its evolution. On one hand it takes the reader through the cultural-roots of design, and, on the other, it explores new technologies and their applications in design.

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The Wonder That is: The Context of Designing
The wonder that is: The context of designing

Artists and designers are well aware of the figure and ground phenomena in perception. A figure cannot be perceived without perceiving its background and the quality of figure-perception depends on the appropriate perception of the ground on which it stands. Likewise the design activity of any country cannot be well understood without knowledge of the context in which it operates.

What is this context? The context for Indian design is India's economic, social, cultural and political realities. In these realities lie the context and meaning of Indian design. In these realities lie the answers to main/crucial questions about Indian design.

Some of these questions are:

  • Should India have its own design?
  • Why not import, ...
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