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Digital by Design

Crafting Technology for Products and Environments



'An essential sourcebook for geeks, design professionals and hi-tech homeowners alike' Financial Times


Digital by Design surveys the fusion of digital technology, art and design, presenting innovative objects and artworks that are playful, disruptive, functional, radical and responsive. It is a thought-provoking sourcebook of technological innovation and an inspirational survey of visionaries who will shape our products and environment in the years to come.

Leading multi-disciplinary art and design practice Troika has selected more than 100 objects, products and installations that exemplify this progressive new wave of technologically infused art and design. The book’s bold presentation is indicative of Troika’s hands-on knowledge.

Digital by Design begins with an introduction to the new possibilities offered by technological innovation, featuring products and cutting-edge objects by current designers and engineers. The book includes incisive interviews with some of the most visionary practitioners and critics in the field – Dunne & Raby, Ron Arad, Steven Sacks and Machiko Kusahara. A comprehensive reference section includes designers’ biographies.

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'If in our credit-crunched, carbon-heavy and over heated world you find yourself disillusioned with the very notion of technological progress, you may find that 'Digital By Design' is just the tonic you need'
V&A Magazine

'Very insightful'

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 27.0 x 20.5 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 423

Publication date: 2 August 2010

ISBN: 9780500289013

Contents List

Foreword by Paola Antonelli • Introduction by Troika • 1. Design Nouveau – Digital Forms and Electric Beauty • 2. Augmented Art – Narrative Technologies and Immersive Experiences • 3. Guerrilla Artfare – Disruption and Hardware Hacking • 4. Twilight Technologies – Critical Design and Alternative Futures • 5. Interviews: Fictional Functions and Functional Fictions with Dunne and Raby; Bringing Ice to Macondo with Ron Arad; Technology as a Raw Material with Steven Sacks; Device Art – Media Meets Mass Production with Maschiko Kusahara • Appendix

About the Author

Troika is a multi-disciplinary art and design practice founded in 2003 by Conny Freyer, Eva Rucki and Sebastien Noel, who met while studying at the Royal College of Art in London.They have a broad range of international clients, including the Science Museum and Royal Mail in the UK, the Wagner Society in Germany and Redacteurs Studio Communications in Paris.

List of Contributors

Conny Freyer, Sebastien Noel, Eva Rucki