This is one of the classic books on craftsmanship and design. Init, David Pye explores the meaning of skill and its relationship todesign and. David Pye three selections from. The Nature and Art of Workmanship. ( Cambridge University Press, ; reprinted by Cambium Press, ) pp. . David Pye, woodworker, designer and writer, born 18 November , The Nature and Art of Workmanship () similarly sweeps away.
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Within it he argues that the aesthetic quality of our environment depends as much on its workmanship as on its design, and that workmanship has been largely ignored. He proceeds to develop a new theory of the aesthetics of workmanship which can be applied to architecture, to the products of industry and to cra This is a digital reprint of David Pye’s original edition.
He proceeds to develop a new theory of the aesthetics of workmanship which can be applied to architecture, to the products of industry and to craft work. Mr Pye shows how and why we are conscious of finish and workmanship, goes on to ask why so much of our environment is impoverished and asks what can be done about it. Published first published May 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 13, Ted rated it it was amazing. I can’t review this book, it is too amazing.
If there is an ‘essential reading’ list for creative philosophers though, this should be on it. This is DENSE stuff though- in another writer’s hands, this could have become workmsnship multi-volume treatise.
But Pye is to most artist-philosophers as cold ice cream is to hot butter. I find myself having to stop every few sentences to digest what he’s just said, before I can go on.
If you enjoy manipulating the universe in any way- cooking, decorating, I can’t review this book, it is too amazing. If nayure enjoy manipulating the universe in any way- cooking, decorating, designing, composing, making music, making things out of wood or plastic or code or silicon or leather or fabric or cats or light or sculpey or paper or fiberglass, and you want to take your thinking-about-that to ot higher level, this is your ticket.
Oct 26, Trauman rated it really liked it. So far, the most important things I’ve gleaned from this book has been an incredibly clear and nuanced system of terminology for thinking about “design” and “workmanship.
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Something tells me that, although it feels seminal, there might be some more important precedent or antecedent texts with similar or more important versions of this perspective. However, until I can confirm that suspicion, I’ll think thi So far, the most important things I’ve gleaned from this book has been an incredibly clear and nuanced system of terminology for thinking about “design” and “workmanship. However, until I can confirm that suspicion, I’ll think this book is groudbreaking and essential to my subsequent discussions of “work” in terms of digital textual production i.
This book picks up where his Nature and Aesthetics of Design leaves off. This is a refreshing book, not only because of Pye’s deep understanding of “hand” workmanship, but because of the lack of chauvinism toward machine production.
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Indeed many insights applicable to mass production are given in the course of the work. Pye discusses how design intent must be translated to workmanship, the relation of economy to workmanship, and the integrity of materials and craftsmanship. Is it possible to spea This book picks up where his Nature and Aesthetics of Design leaves off.
Is xnd possible to speak of craftsmanship in the arena of modern mass-production? Yes–read this book for a wonderful introduction to how. Jan 27, Patrick rated it liked it Shelves: Some good stuff here, although much of it will seem a bit obvious to the experienced designer. I suspect that he thinks design means visual or industrial design, and would have a hard time accepting that most of these same principles also guide, for example, good software design.
His comments on the use of naturw are dated, but then he was a product of his time. My one objection to his philosophy is his separation of davvid aesthetic from utilitarian – they are not, in practice, that cleanly sep Some good stuff here, although much of it will seem a bit obvious to the experienced designer.
My one objection to his philosophy is his separation of the aesthetic from utilitarian – they are not, in practice, that cleanly separable. Jul 01, Dave Armishaw rated it it was amazing. After having written a very negative review of Richard Sennett ‘ s book I felt that it was important to emphasize Pope’s classic treatise on a trendy subject. Unlike Sennett ‘ s view that all of us who desire to do good work can have “craftsman-ness”- Pye carefully in simple terms lays out the nature of practices that lead to craftsmanship.
If you genuinely care, you must read, as carefully and respectfully as Pye gas written. Life changingly good book about attention, art, and work.
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