Economies of Design
Guy Julier’s fantastic book on the relationship between economies and design contributes to the intellectual forces that pull these two scholarly worlds closer…Unlike many culturalist accounts of economies, however, Julier mobilizes a convincing and effective material political economic explanation that also takes into account discursive and creative interventions, theoretically reminiscent of the recent path breaking work of (Donald) MacKenzie on the material political economic foundations of algorithmic trading … (it) introduces a productive and innovative discussion that is founded in critique and thick description.
Pretty much everyone knows author Guy Julier’s credentials as a pioneering academic and solid commentator on design. In his latest book, he extends his portfolio, collecting rich, diverse and voluminous source material that he puts to work on yet another best-selling academic publication.
A solidly crafted piece of writing, the author’s skills in demystifying complexity are universally recognized by pretty much anyone who has skimmed through it and particularly from the design community.
Let us not underestimate Julier’s gift; this is a book that every academic, practitioner and maybe economist must read.
Economies of Design (2017) cogently argues for a new way of thinking about design, its validity and global role in contemporary capitalist culture…This is essential reading for scholars within the design and the cre- ative industries who are interested in the interrelationships of economics and design, contributing significantly to knowledge and triggering further debate in this area. It is a valuable theoretical resource for scholars in visual commu- nication where academic texts are sparse.
Carol Meache (2019) Visual Communication, 18(1), 159–161. https://doi.org/10.1177/1470357218809234
The book exudes thoroughness, and yet it comes with a personal touch. Julier’s is a rare perspective that has had an effect on me…I can recommend this book not only to design students, design practitioners, and design academics but to a much wider audience of those interested in a multi-disciplinary perspective on how mankind shapes the world. …[it] is very well written. It uncovers deeper insights that add to our understanding of design.
Cees de Bont, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China in She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation. Volume 2, Issue 3, Autumn 2016, Pages 269-270
Assitant Professor, Department of Industrial Design
Faculty of Architecture
Middle East Technical University
Media And Arts Partnership, Leeds
I have been using your Culture of Design and Economies of Design books in writing my PhD and wanted to say thank you! They are very useful for a design history/studies project that questions design history models, authorship in design, economic contexts for globally designed and made products, and more.
George Brown College, Toronto