Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy


Jonathan Chapman pioneers a design about-face to reduce the impact of modern consumption without compromising commercial viability. He explores the question of why do users discard products that still work. The text trascends symptom-focused approaches to sustainable design such as design for recycling, biodegradeability and disassembly, to address the actual causes that underpin the environmental crisis we face. The result is a revealing exploration of consumer psychology and the deep motivations that fuel the human condition, and a resource of creative strategies and practical tools that enable the design of objects capable of supporting deeper and more meaningful relationships with their users.


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