Karl Aspelund is a seasoned explorer and guide through the seven stages of The Design Process. Beginning at Inspiration, readers travel through Identification, Conceptualization,
Exploration/Refinement, Definition/Modeling, and Communication on the way to Production. The tour is enhanced by the accompanying Perspectives of designers who travel parallel paths in the design of fashion, interiors, industrial and consumer products, and public art projects. End-of-chapter exercises help students move their own design projects from the World of Imagination to the World of Objects. Appendices recommend readings for further exploration and serve as refreshers on design elements and principles; notable designers, architects, and artists; trend analysis; and major events and influences on design from the mid-1800s to the first decade of the twenty-first century.
Expanded discussion of sustainability integrated throughout text
Enlarged, full-color illustration program designed to engage visual learners
"Perspective" features from designers addressing current needs and constraints
• Stage 1: Inspiration
•Stage 2: Identification
•Stage 3: Conceptualization
•Stage 4: Exploration/Refinement
• Stage 5: Definition/Modeling
•Stage 6: Communication
•Stage 7: Production
• Elements and Principles of Design
• Recommended Reading and Resources
•Notable Designers and Architects
•Reading the Zeitgeist: Trendspotting in a Decentralized World
• Zeitgeist and Design: Timeline
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, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Textiles Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island and has been a designer, artist, and teacher for over 20 years in apparel, theater, film and digital media. He received his PhD in Anthropology and Material Culture from Boston University, University Professors Program, where his dissertation on women's national dress practices in Iceland was awarded the University Professor's Edmonds Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation of the Academic Year 2010-2011. Aspelund's research interests are in the field of apparel design and personal and national identity creation.