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List of Illustrations Introduction to the revised edition by Clive Dilnot Foreword by C. Thomas Mitchell Author's Note Preface to the 1984 edition Acknowledgements Introductory Essay: The Future of Breathing 1. A Thought Revolved Love, hate and architecture How my thoughts about design methods have changed during the years Now we are numerous Beyond rationalism Principles in design 2. The World Without Imagination St Ives by chance Composing by chance Some reflection on chance Designing designing 3. It Must Give Pleasure Opus one, number two "... in the dimension of Time" Continuous design and redesign Things 4. Things of August Is designing a response to the whole of life? 35 wishes Voices at the conference conference The design of modern life Utopia and Numeroso Afterword by John Thackara Index

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A reissue of John Chris Jones's classic work on design methodology, with a new introduction by Clive Dilnot.

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John Chris Jones was born in 1927, in Aberystwyth, Wales. Jones studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, and went on to work for AEI in Manchester, England. In 1962 he instigated an influential conference on design methods, which led to the formation of the Design Research Society which he chaired from 1971-73. In 2004 he was presented with the Society's Lifetime Achievement Award and from 1970-74 Jones was the first Professor of Design at The Open University, UK.


Foregrounding the performing of designing as an ongoing experimental lived practice that is at once personal, social and institutional, this astonishingly prescient book offers fresh insights into how design expertise can be mobilized to address contemporary challenges. This re-issue should inspire a new generation of designers to think deeply and critically about designing, what makes it possible or constrains it, and its positive and negative unfolding consequences. -- Lucy Kimbell, Director, Social Design Institute and Professor of Contemporary Design Practices at the University of Arts London, UK

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