Ruined by Design

How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It

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Author: Mike Monteiro

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781090532084

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Page: 221

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The world is working exactly as designed. The combustion engine which is destroying our planet's atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they're designed to work. And every time we "improve" their design, they get better at killing. Facebook's privacy settings, which have outed gay teens to their conservative parents, are working exactly as designed. Their "real names" initiative, which makes it easier for stalkers to re-find their victims, is working exactly as designed. Twitter's toxicity and lack of civil discourse is working exactly as it's designed to work.The world is working exactly as designed. And it's not working very well. Which means we need to do a better job of designing it. Design is a craft with an amazing amount of power. The power to choose. The power to influence. As designers, we need to see ourselves as gatekeepers of what we are bringing into the world, and what we choose not to bring into the world. Design is a craft with responsibility. The responsibility to help create a better world for all. Design is also a craft with a lot of blood on its hands. Every cigarette ad is on us. Every gun is on us. Every ballot that a voter cannot understand is on us. Every time social network's interface allows a stalker to find their victim, that's on us. The monsters we unleash into the world will carry your name. This book will make you see that design is a political act. What we choose to design is a political act. Who we choose to work for is a political act. Who we choose to work with is a political act. And, most importantly, the people we've excluded from these decisions is the biggest (and stupidest) political act we've made as a society.If you're a designer, this book might make you angry. It should make you angry. But it will also give you the tools you need to make better decisions. You will learn how to evaluate the potential benefits and harm of what you're working on. You'll learn how to present your concerns. You'll learn the importance of building and working with diverse teams who can approach problems from multiple points-of-view. You'll learn how to make a case using data and good storytelling. You'll learn to say NO in a way that'll make people listen. But mostly, this book will fill you with the confidence to do the job the way you always wanted to be able to do it. This book will help you understand your responsibilities.

Ruined by Design

Shaping Novels and Gardens in the Culture of Sensibility

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Author: Inger Sigrun Brodey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136095381

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

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By examining the motif of ruination in a variety of late-eighteenth-century domains, this book portrays the moral aesthetic of the culture of sensibility in Europe, particularly its negotiation of the demands of tradition and pragmatism alongside utopian longings for authenticity, natural goodness, self-governance, mutual transparency, and instantaneous kinship. This book argues that the rhetoric of ruins lends a distinctive shape to the architecture and literature of the time and requires the novel to adjust notions of authorship and narrative to accommodate the prevailing aesthetic. Just as architects of eighteenth-century follies pretend to have discovered "authentic" ruins, novelists within the culture of sensibility also build purposely fragmented texts and disguise their authorship, invoking highly artificial means of simulating nature. The cultural pursuit of human ruin, however, leads to hypocritical and sadistic extremes that put an end to the characteristic ambivalence of sensibility and its unusual structures.

Kentucky by Design

The Decorative Arts and American Culture

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Author: Andrew Kelly

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813155681

Category: Art

Page: 328

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The Index of American Design was one of the most significant undertakings of the Federal Art Project -- the visual arts arm of the Works Progress Administration. Part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, this ambitious initiative set out to discover and document an authentic American style in everyday objects. The curators of the Index combed the country for art of the machine age -- from carved carousel horses to engraved powder horns to woven coverlets -- created by artisans for practical use. In their search for a true American artistic identity, they also sought furniture designed by regional craftsmen laboring in isolation from European traditions. Kentucky by Design offers the first comprehensive examination of the objects from the Bluegrass State featured in this historic venture. It showcases a wide array of offerings, including architecture, furniture, ceramics, musical instruments, textiles, clothing, and glass- and metalworks. The Federal Art Project played an important role in documenting and preserving the work of Shaker artists from the Pleasant Hill and South Union communities, and their creations are exhibited in this illuminating catalog. Beautifully illustrated with both the original watercolor depictions and contemporary, art-quality photographs of the works, this book is a lavish exploration of the Commonwealth's distinctive contribution to American culture and modern design. Features contributions from Jean M. Burks, Erika Doss, Jerrold Hirsch, Lauren Churilla, Larrie Currie, Michelle Ganz, Tommy Hines, Lee Kogan, Ron Pen, Janet Rae, Shelly Zegart, Mel Hankla, Philippe Chavance, Kate Hesseldenz, Madeleine Burnside, and Allan Weiss.

Nature by Design

People, Natural Process, and Ecological Restoration

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Author: Eric Higgs

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262582261

Category: Nature

Page: 341

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An examination of the cultural aspects and philosophical underpinnings of ecological restoration and what constitutes successful restoration.

Ruined by the Reckless Viscount

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Author: Sophia James

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1488021503

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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The Lady in Red Viscount Winterton abducts a woman to protect her—but he kidnaps the wrong girl in red! The scandalous carriage dash leads to the ruin of Lady Florentia Hale-Burton's reputation…and the viscount's apparent demise. Years later, Flora discovers her kidnapper is alive and as entrancingly handsome as she remembers! Disguised, she agrees to paint his portrait in an attempt to understand the man who's haunted her fantasies. Is it revenge that has brought her this close to him again…or something even more reckless?

Death by Design

Ethics, Responsibility, and Failure in the American Civil Engineering Community, 1852-1986

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Author: Sarah K. A. Pfatteicher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Civil engineering

Page: 566

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Grasmere, 2012

Selected Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference

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Author: Richard Gravil

Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

ISBN: 1847602363

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 197

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Five keynote lectures and seven papers from the 41st Wordsworth Summer Conference. In this selection of twelve specially chosen Lectures and Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference, Heather Glen writes on 'We are Seven' in the context of population studies in the 1790s, Judith W. Page on Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, Anthony Harding on Wordswortyh, Coleridge and the Reading Public, Pamela Woof and Suzanne Stewart on Dorothy Wordsworth's writing, Peter Swaab on Sara Coleridge as a Wordsworth critic, Heidi Thomson on Wordworth and Auden, Judyta Frodyma on Bishop Lowth and 'Home at Grasmere', Stacey McDowell on Keats and Indolence, Catherine Redford on 'The Last Man' and Romantic Archaeology, Paul Whickman on Shelley's revisions of 'Laon and Cythna', and Jason Goldsmith on 'picturesque travel, or viewing landscape by painting it. The final essay includes twelve original landscapes, mostly in colour.

Inventing Montana

Dispatches from the Madison Valley

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Author: Ted Leeson

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1602397961

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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Describes how the author and a group of fly-fishing companions have returned every summer for two decades to an old ranch house overlooking the Madison River, a pastime that has informed the author's perspectives on the benefits of the natural world. By the author of Jerusalem Creek.

The Philosophy of War Films

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Author: David LaRocca

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813145120

Category: Philosophy

Page: 538

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Wars have played a momentous role in shaping the course of human history. The ever-present specter of conflict has made it an enduring topic of interest in popular culture, and many movies, from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films, have sought to show the complexities and horrors of war on-screen. In The Philosophy of War Films, David LaRocca compiles a series of essays by prominent scholars that examine the impact of representing war in film and the influence that cinematic images of battle have on human consciousness, belief, and action. The contributors explore a variety of topics, including the aesthetics of war as portrayed on-screen, the effect war has on personal identity, and the ethical problems presented by war. Drawing upon analyses of iconic and critically acclaimed war films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Thin Red Line (1998), Rescue Dawn (2006), Restrepo (2010), and Zero Dark Thirty (2012), this volume's examination of the genre creates new ways of thinking about the philosophy of war. A fascinating look at the manner in which combat and its aftermath are depicted cinematically, The Philosophy of War Films is a timely and engaging read for any philosopher, filmmaker, reader, or viewer who desires a deeper understanding of war and its representation in popular culture.

Happiness by Design

Change What You Do, Not How You Think

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Author: Paul Dolan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698156927

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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This is not just another happiness book. In Happiness by Design, happiness and behavior expert Paul Dolan combines the latest insights from economics and psychology to illustrate that in order to be happy we must behave happy Our happiness is experiences of both pleasure and purpose over time and it depends on what we actually pay attention to. Using what Dolan calls deciding, designing, and doing, we can overcome the biases that make us miserable and redesign our environments to make it easier to experience happiness, fulfilment, and even health. With uncanny wit and keen perception, Dolan reveals what we can do to find our unique optimal balance of pleasure and purpose, offering practical advice on how to organize our lives in happiness-promoting ways and fresh insights into how we feel, including why: • Having kids reduces pleasure but gives us a massive dose of purpose • Gaining weight won’t necessarily make us unhappier, but being too ambitious might • A quiet neighborhood is more important than a big house Vividly rendering intriguing research and lively anecdotal evidence, Happiness by Design offers an absorbing, thought-provoking, new paradigm for readers of Stumbling on Happiness and The How of Happiness.