4th Edition

Karl Aspelund

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MAY 05, 2022
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The Book

In The Design Process, Fourth Edition author Karl Aspelund takes readers on a guided tour through the seven stages of design: from the initial Inspiration to Identification, Conceptualization, Exploration/Refinement, Definition/Modeling, Communication, and all the way through Production. This book focuses on developing a solid foundation in design critical thinking, no matter the discipline. The author highlights the all important factors of sustainability, teamwork, and how to best communicate with client or manufacturer. Each chapter is followed by an exercise that allows you to work on one full cross-disciplinary project continuously from brainstorm to a physical product. The appendices provide key references to further readings, artist profiles, design elements and principles, trend analysis, and history of modern design (from the 1800s through to the 21st century). This is the perfect book to make your design dreams into design reality.

New to This Edition:
-Updated examples, exercises, bibliography, and timelines
-Revised coverage of sustainability reflects the newest findings in the field
-New and revised Perspectives offer real life examples from artists and designers across fashion, interior design, public arts projects, and industrial and consumer products

Instructor Resources
-Instructor’s Guide provides suggestions for planning the course and using the text in the classroom, supplemental assignments, and lecture notes
-Test Bank includes sample test questions for each chapter
-PowerPoint® presentations include images from the book and provide a framework for lecture and discussion

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Table of Contents


Stage 1: Inspiration
Stage 2: Identification
Stage 3: Conceptualization
Stage 4: Exploration/Refinement
Stage 5: Definition/Modeling
Stage 6: Communication
Stage 7: Production
Appendix 1: Elements and Principles of Design
Appendix 2: Recommended Reading and Resources
Appendix 3: Notable Designers and Architects
Appendix 4: Reading the Zeitgeist: Trendspotting in a Decentralized World
Appendix 5: Zeitgeist and Design: A Timeline
Photo Credits

About The Authors

Karl Aspelund, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island, and Visiting Associate Professor in Ethnography and Museum Studies at the University of Iceland. He has been a designer, artist, and teacher for over 35 years in apparel, theater, film, exhibits, public art, digital media, and more. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Material Culture from Boston University, where his dissertation was awarded the University Professor's Edmonds Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation of the Academic Year 2010-2011. A volume of essays on Icelandic culture-creation he co-authored and co-edited was nominated for the 2017 Icelandic Publishers’ Association’s Literary Prize for Academic Work. Dr. Aspelund's research interests are in the field of design theory, and personal and social identity creation through apparel.

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