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The Form of Design

Deciphering the language of mass produced objects

The Form of Design is the first all-encompassing book about the visual language of man-made products. Explaining how mass produced objects evolve over time and what made them change.
  • Author: Josiah Kahane 
  • Paperback with flaps 
  • 240 pages 
  • 25 x 20 cm 
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Content

Why, in spite of widespread designers’ obsession with amazing bicycle concepts, bicycles still essentially adhere to traditional classic form? Why, in spite of countless car makes and models, the underlying car meta-form, is basically the same? On the other hand, why does our understanding of the word “chair” allow an extreme latitude of form variety? Why do kitchen appliances such as mixers and toasters, insist on retaining a specific form for each assigned function? These are some of the questions this book answers.

The Form of Design is the first all-encompassing book about the visual language of man-made products. It explains how mass produced objects evolve over time and what made them change. Form evolution behaves in a similar way to language evolution and to some extent, even to natural evolution. In the book the author materializes the governing rules of form evolution by means of 14 case studies. These case studies encompass a diversity of product families such as smart phones and bicycles, coffee machines and chairs, TV screens and cooling fans, accompanied by charts and numerous illustrations that lluminate and elucidate the evolutionary processes involved.This book is not a historical review of thousands of years of evolution of man-made tools, artifacts and objects; it specifically focuses on recent, present and future trends. 

The accumulated cultural, cognitive science and design research knowledge is dealt with in part 1. 
Part 2 lays down the authors concepts of form. 
Then Part 3, the mainstay of the book (occupying about two thirds of the content), is devoted to the stories of the fourteen case studies.

Author
Josiah Kahane is a professor emeritus of design at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) in Israel. Kahane studied industrial design in UCLA, receiving a BA in 1970 and an MA in 1972. As one of the pioneers of industrial design in Israel, he was involved in founding the design program at HIT, serving several terms as departmental chair. Later involved in academic management, as HIT's academic VP. Kahane was also a design consultant in Israel’s electronics and medical hi-tech hub. ent communities.

Press  
Quote “Nutritious, thought-provoking and interesting”
- Form magazine Norway 
Specs

By: Josiah Kahane
Format: 25 x 20 cm
Full color photographs throughout
240 pages, 120 full color illustrations
Language: English
ISBN: 978 90 6369 375 6