Cooper-Hewitt just launched a new e-book series on design writing and research called DesignFile, and works by SVA’s MFA Design Department Co-chair Steven Heller and alumnus Avinash Rajagopal (MFA 2011 Design Criticism) are among the first out of the gate. Heller’s Design Cult is an entertaining new collection of ruminations on the nature and future of design, in which he expounds on such disparate topics as Japanese masks, velvet touch lettering, anthropomorphism and people in glass apartments.
Originally written by Rajagopal as a thesis for his MFA in Design Criticism, Hacking Design examines both common histories and persisting misunderstandings between hackers and designers. Rajagopal nimbly skips between the computer and design communities, from Makerbot to the Hacking Ikea site, from 3-D printing to DIY, providing 23 illustrated examples.
All DesignFile publications are formatted as EPUB 2.0 files and accessible through any e-book reader. For more info and/or to purchase, click here.