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How Things Don’t Work

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on May 6th, 2019. Artwork published in .
    Cover design by Kenneth Miyamoto / Gears construction by Chris Bobin / Photographed by Neal Slavin
    License: All Rights Reserved.

    Cover design by Kenneth Miyamoto / Gears construction by Chris Bobin / Photographed by Neal Slavin

    Published in 1977, How Things Don’t Work “was an early and powerful plea for more socially and ecologically responsible design.” [Icon]. It follows up on Design For The Real World (1971) and Nomadic Furniture (1973/1974). The paperback edition shown here combines ITC Ronda Bold and Permanent Semibold. The back cover is set in Antique Olive.

    Poking fun at the nonsense and near-nonsense products that engulf us, Victor Papanek and James Hennessey pose the fundamental question whether some products are needed at all and suggest alternative ways of making and owning things.

    In 2014, Parsons The New School for Design and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, co-organized an exhibition titled How Things Don’t Work: The Dreamscape of Victor Papanek.

    Images and font IDs via Mark Simonson.

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    • ITC Ronda
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    • Antique Olive

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