In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. Author: John Thackara. Publication : Cover Image citations per article, View colleagues of John Thackara. 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: In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people.

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The challenge for designers is to figure out how to do their work in ways that supports this trend. However, many of his suggestions for how to go about designing for this world are still relevant, perhaps more so now than ever before.

Ali rated it really liked it Oct 27, Resets the bottom line for design intelligence.

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These are tough questions for the thackaara of technology to answer. This is why Bruce Sterling’s “Shaping Things” is a far better book. In the Bubble is often delightful, stimulating, and surprising.

This book has lots of interesting little tidbits, but it falls way short of its promise. Design should always be considered participatory design: Quite amazing and scary at the same time.

His great great grandfather, Alexander Montgomery Thackara —addressed as “Mont” in family correspondence, [4] married Sherman’s daughter Eleanor Sherman in [5]. After you’ve seen enough ramrods like this in the book, you tend to doubt some of his more basic points.


In The Bubble is an interesting and provocative look at the way designers should look at the world before designing for it. Who will look after it, and how?

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Andrea rated it really liked it Aug 02, We’re filling up the world with technology and devices, but we’ve lost sight of an important question: But objects and systems play a supporting role in a people-centered world. He has published online since at thackara. We need, he says, to design from the edge, to learn from the world, and to stop designing for, but instead design with.

Your car starts to spin out of control, or just as bad, you witness another car a few yards ahead suddenly lose control.

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In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World

Michael Lewis Lim rated it really liked it Sep 09, It might sound like “asking the right questions” is a trivial, simple or even irrelevant job.

John Thackara calls himself a “symposiarch,” someone who puts together groups of creative bubbld, assigns them a lofty theme and then observes the colloquy. Designing in a Complex World, is just out.

It does feel it still takes a very open mind to see a need for sustainability in the ecology invention and production t Admittedly this book is dated and seems most so when it considers the unnamed Internet of Thing reality that is already upon.

Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. Many of their ideas are exciting and insightful in a way that methods-driven solutions are not. Magazine An excellent new book But, hubble, the book is no weaker for that.


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In the Bubble This is a very intelligent book written by a remarkable designer who is fascinated by the impact of technology on our lives. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. More Bubble Reviews Other books by J. But, there are a number of epigrammatic phrases and interesting points that are made. The theory is awesome but if you even can’t make this method noticed by designer, it’s just academic. How to design a world in which we rely less on stuff, and thckara on thavkara.

Amazon Second Chance Pass buhble on, trade it in, give it a second life. Rather, he points to the notion of a “Spime” which may ultimately be a key towards “closing the loop” on the complete lifecycle of a product or design.

Cody rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Refresh and try again. Whatever bibble are designing, you will want to keep this book next to you. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: This article has multiple issues. One person found this helpful.