In a series of insightful essays on such ordinary “things” as wheels, and great works of art, Flusser believed that the shape of things (and the. Shape of Things has ratings and 5 reviews. Philippe said: This slender booklet is a collection of short, late essays by the cosmopolitan thinker Vile. The book Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design, Vilem Flusser is published by Reaktion Books.

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Vilem Flusser was born in Prague in After emigrating to Brazil and then to France, he embarked on an influential career as a lecturer and writer on language, design, and communication. He died in Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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In a series of insightful essays on such ordinary “things” as wheels, carpets, pots, umbrellas and tents, Flusser emphasizes the interrelationships between art and science, theology and technology, and archaeology and architecture. Just as formal creativity has produced both weapons of destruction and great works of art, Flusser believed that the shape of things and the designs behind them represents both a threat and an opportunity for designers of the future.

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Notes on an Archaeology of Design. About the Author Vilem Flusser was born in Prague in Reaktion Books September 15, Language: Start reading The Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design on your Kindle in under a minute.


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Showing of 2 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering shaep right now. Please try again later. I bought this because the first essay in the book was one of my favorites, ‘On the Word Design’ The whole book is of a similar style– aggressive, insightful, fresh commentary on Design, its relation to Art and Technology.

One person found this helpful. This slender booklet is a collection of short, late essays by the cosmopolitan thinker Vilem Flusser. Originally from the Czech Republic he fled to Brazil at the beginning of the Second World War and returned to Europe only in the early s. He died in a car crash in Writing in German, Portuguese, and French, Flusser remained unpublished in English during his lifetime. In fact, the book reviewed here was the very first to be made accessible to an English readership.

Meanwhile, based on as yet a very small selection of translated work, he has acquired a kind of a cultstatus with cognoscenti as an iconoclastic, clairvoyant linguistic philosopher and media theorist.

Flusser’s big theme is the transition from a pre-industrial to an industrial and, onwards, to an information ehape. What happens when human beings morph from being productive, shape-giving artisans to abstract calculators, pressing keys on a keyboard, when our existential concerns shift from things to information?

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An interesting, ambiguous reciprocal dependency sets in: Flusser’s perspicaciousness in anticipating an emerging, virtual, omnidirectionally transparant society is admirable.

Although “The Shape of Things” is a slim booklet, it is very difficult to do justice to Flusser’s ideas in the space of a short review. Flusser’s way of communicating complex ideas is highly idiosyncratic. His idiom is more journalistic than scholarly: There are no references to other thinkers or to secondary literature.


His argument is characterized by unexpected twists, linking the mundane to the exotic, relying often on clever etymological and linguistic reasoning. The style is terse, at times to the point of abruptness.

Shape of Things: A Philosophy of Design by Vilém Flusser

Flusser is a combative thinker, not afraid to take provocative positions to tease his readers. Sometimes there is a clenched teeth kind of wittiness. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create flussed, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The Shape of Things. Set up a giveaway.

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