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  • By Design: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors in the Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons by Ralph Caplan

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    Chapter “The Possibilities of Design” (pages 22–37 of the book in PDF, 637 KB)

    Task: to translate and publish an interesting book on design.

    The book is a network of engrossing stories that illuminate the process of design and the nature of design process. The author speaks about industrial design, interior design, fashion design, graphic design and the design of business and social situations.

    s pomoshchyu dizayna cover
    The book in dust jacket

    The book is intended for design students, professionals or anyone else who could benefit from a fuller appreciation of the design process.

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    This is a book about design—for people who couldn’t care less: the design process has more to do with your life than you think. It is also a book for people who care too much—who think design is everything: the truth is, designers won’t save the world; but the design process can help make it worth saving. Isn’t that enough?

    A writer I know decided early in his career that “a subject important enough to warrant a large book should be introduced by a small one.” The notion pleased him mightily and he has devoted himself ever since to producing small books on important subjects. The large books he shrewdly left to others.

    This too is a small book on a subject that deserves a large, comprehensive one. It is not a history of design, although there is some history in it; it is not a design critique, although it tries to explore the subjects critically; it is not a defense of professional designers, although it is sympathetic to their frustrations; and it is not a polemic, although it deplores the volume of shoddy and mindless work.

    The point of the book is that design, which is now directed largely to superficial ends, is desperately needed in, and applicable to, our most significant human activities—of which it rightly is one. It took me a long time to make the connection but I have been interested in that aspect of the design process every since I heard the following story.»

    From the introduction by the author

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    By Design: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors in the Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons (In Russian)

    Online price:  18.82  $
      ≈ 17  €
      ≈ 1199  руб.



    Release date: June 22 2014

    Cast:

    art director
    Artemy Lebedev
    translator
    Igor Foronov
    chief typesetter
    Iskander Mukhamadeev
    photographers
    Jenia Filatova
    Zhanna Galay
    editor
    Katerina Andreeva
    proofreader
    Tatyana Naryshkina
    production manager
    Svetlana Kalinnikova
    author
    Ralf Kaplan

    Ralph Caplan is one of the prominent American authors writing in the field of design. He has published several books and numerous articles in specialized and popular periodicals. Caplan addresses his books and articles both to professionals and the general audience and works as a consultant to design companies as well as their clients. Caplan teaches design criticism at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is a Director Emeritus of the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado.

    328 pages
    Press run: 3000
    Dimensions: 144×216 mm (5,6″×8,5″)
    Hardcover
    ISBN 978-5-98062-085-1


    s pomoshchyu dizayna title
    Title opening
    s pomoshchyu dizayna 22 23
    Pages 22–23
    s pomoshchyu dizayna 48 49
    Pages 48–49
    s pomoshchyu dizayna 212 213
    Pages 212–213
    s pomoshchyu dizayna 250 251
    Pages 250–251


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