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Parsons Presents Book Launch For Design Studies: A Reader

The School for Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons will host a reception and book signing to celebrate the launch of Design Studies: A Reader (Berg, 2009) which was co-edited by Hazel Clark, the dean of the School along with David Brody, assistant professor of Design Studies. The book signing will take place Thursday, November 19, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue.

Design Studies: A Reader
explores the many complex roles of design—as process, product, function, symbol, and use. Reflecting the diverse range of perspectives on design, the reader brings together over 70 classic and contemporary texts arranged thematically in areas such as visuality, identity, consumption, new technology, sustainably, and globalization.The publication came out of the curriculum of a required sophomore-year course at Parsons, Introduction to Design Studies.

Featured writers include Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, Buckminster Fuller, Naomi Klein, and Ezio Manzini. In addition, the book includes specially commissioned essays on 10 seminal designs of the 20th century, from Helvetica to the cell phone.

This event is free, but RSVP is recommended by emailing