Theoretical Basics and Studies in Implication
384 pp., 6 x 9 in, 51 b&w illus.
- Published: September 19, 2023
- Publisher: The MIT Press
An original exploration of the role of aesthetics in contemporary design, uniquely combining philosophical aesthetics and cultural analysis of design.
As a product of human ingenuity, design functions as an artificial interface through which we meet the world. While the ubiquity of design seems to render it imperceptible, when we truly reflect on design, we see that it is inextricably entwined with our experience of the world. In Design Aesthetics, Mads Nygaard Folkmann provides an engaging introduction to the field of design aesthetics and its role as a concept. Engaging with sensual, conceptual, and contextual considerations of design aesthetics, this book investigates design experience in tandem with design practice, objects, and perception.
Part one of Design Aesthetics lays the theoretical foundation by differentiating between sensual, conceptual, and contextual dimensions of design aesthetics and clarifying what “aesthetic experience” means in relation to design. The second part of the book consists of studies in implications of design aesthetics for design practice, design objects with embedded technology, and the construction of perception of aesthetic qualities in objects. In its focus on design aesthetics, the book is intended for everyone working with design—design students, designer researchers, and designers—as well as students and researchers in aesthetics in general.
“With his second book on design aesthetics, Mads Folkman unfolds his thinking about the material culture of design and its means for perceiving the world. A great contribution to design theory!”
Gesche Joost, Professor, Design Research Lab, Berlin University of the Arts
“As design is arguably becoming the most significant aesthetic medium of all, Folkmann masterfully brings aesthetic theory in conversation with cultural studies to suggest a compelling framework for analyzing design as our interface with the world.”
Kjetil Fallan, Professor of Design History, University of Oslo; author of Ecological by Design (MIT Press)
“Folkmann challenges our thinking about aesthetics by considering it as a critical aspect of design. If you are interested in design studies and design history, this book is a must.”
David Brody, Professor of Design Studies, Parsons School of Design, the New School; author of Housekeeping by Design: Hotels and Labor