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In the Bubble has ratings and 16 reviews. Kars said: It’s interesting to read this eight years after publication. The parts where Thackara heaps exam. So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World. These are tough questions for the pushers of technology to. In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. Author: John Thackara. Publication : Cover Image citations per article, View colleagues of John Thackara.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He is the author of Design after ModernismLost in Space: A Traveler’s TaleWinners! Ali rated it really liked it Oct 27, Jan 07, Greggo rated it it was amazing.

In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World by John Thackara

We are regaining respect for what people can do that technology can’t. What is this stuff for? What is this stuff for? Quotes from In the Bubble: Aug 07, Orton Family Foundation rated it it was amazing. In many different cultures, he discovered, “an obsession with things is being replaced by a fascination with events.

From food gathering to building shelter and social networking they are strategic opportunists par excellence who waste nothing, least of all good information. One of the most important design challenges I pose in this book is to make the processes and systems that surround us intelligible and knowable. And new principles–above all, lightness–inform the way these services are designed and used.


On the contrary, many millions of people have exerted great intelligence and creativity in building the modern world.

In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World

Space, Politics, Affect N. It does feel it still takes a very open mind to see a need for sustainability in the ecology invention and production that underpins our consumerist society.

An interesting “inspirational catalogue” of design trends for the 21st century.

First chapter still holds true and goes hard. We worry about its environmental impact, about the obesity rhe people that it fosters, and about the other social problems that come in its wake. Laws and institutions that we might expect to regulate these flows have not been able to keep up.

It’s more that we’re being swept into unknown and dangerous waters by accelerating economic growth. Thw in a Complex World.

We need to ask what impact all this stuff will have on our daily lives. Admittedly this book is dated and seems most so when it considers the unnamed Internet of Thing reality that is already upon. The design focus is on services, not things.

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Andrea Samar rated it really liked it Nov 26, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But objects and systems play a supporting role in a people-centered world. I think I was looking for something a little more practical with respect to design in a complex world, and all I got were other people’s ideas Paul Hawken, Ivan Illich, Janine Benyus, Malcolm Gladwell This book disappointed on many levels.


Michael Lewis Lim rated it really liked it Sep 09, Andrea Desiato rated it really liked it Nov 22, I must’ve put this book on my list while in library school and it’s a little outdated.

In discussing where we want to be, breakthrough ideas often come when people look at the world through a fresh lens.

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Thackara doesn’t speak to this directly, but I was drawn to think of our automotive-based society: We need to design microscopes, as well as microscopes, to help us understand where things come from and why: What value does it add to our lives?