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The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects, common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are our constant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe - the aesthetic result of wholeheartedly fulfilling utilitarian needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty. In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, these essays call for us to deepen and transform our relationship with the objects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple, humble craftsmen Yanagi encountered during his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, they are an earnest defence of modest, honest, handcrafted things - from traditional teacups to jars to cloth and paper. Objects like these exemplify the enduring appeal of simplicity and function: the beauty of everyday things.

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Genre : Art
Author : Soetsu Yanagi
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2019-01-31
File : 320 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780241366363

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"Radical and inspiring ... Yanagi's vision puts the connection between heart and hand before the transient and commercial" - Edmund de Waal The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects, common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are our constant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe - the aesthetic result of wholeheartedly fulfilling utilitarian needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty. In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, these essays call for us to deepen and transform our relationship with the objects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple, humble craftsmen Yanagi encountered during his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, they are an earnest defence of modest, honest, handcrafted things - from traditional teacups to jars to cloth and paper. Objects like these exemplify the enduring appeal of simplicity and function: the beauty of everyday things.

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Genre : Aesthetics
Author : Soetsu Yanagi
Publisher : Penguin Classics
Release : 2019-01-08
File : 352 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0241366356

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Design doesn't have to complicated, which is why this guide to human-centered design shows that usability is just as important as aesthetics. Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious -- even liberating -- book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how -- and why -- some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

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Genre : Design
Author : Don Norman
Publisher : Basic Books
Release : 2013-11-05
File : 384 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780465072996

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"Easy-to-follow and imaginative explanations about the extraordinary physics that invisibly guides our daily lives"--

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Genre : Science
Author : James Kakalios
Publisher : Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Release : 2017
File : 256 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780770437732

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Learn to create petite still-life paintings (a bouquet of flowers, a pretty table setting, personal mementos). This ebook contains easy-to-follow techniques and inspiration for painting with gouache. It's the perfect entrée to still-life painting in a handy digital format that can easily be taken to the art store for reference!

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Genre : Art
Author : Elizabeth Mayville
Publisher : Chronicle Books
Release : 2014-09-09
File : 16 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781452142432

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Daniel Roche examines the birth of the consumer society via an examination of the history of everyday things.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : Daniel Roche
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2000-03-09
File : 309 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0521633591

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For lovers of facts, students of popular culture, history buffs, and science enthusiasts, the foremost specialist on everything tells how and why hundreds of the everyday items, expressions, and customs we take for granted came into existence. Learn the fascinating discovery stories behind over 500 phenomena, including: How chewing gum and Silly Putty began as substitutes for rubber. How the potato chip emerged from an act of pique on the part of an Indian named Crum. How a socialite invented the dishwasher because servants too frequently broke her expensive china. Why April Fool's Day started out as New Year's Eve, a joke in itself. How the song 'Happy Birthday to You' began as a kindergarten jingle titled 'Good Morning to All.' How the zipper was one man's attempt to make obsolete not buttons... but shoelaces. How the newlywed husband came to the aid of his accident-prone bride with the invention of the Band-Aid. How the hot dog began as an outlawed Roman sausage and received its name at a New York baseball game. How a pot-and-pan salesman who baited customers with soapy steel wool pads launched the S.O.S empire. How Drs. Fallopius and Condom made strides in inventing and popularizing a male means of birth control. How the original Goldilocks was a disgruntled, gray-haired crone, tortured by the three bears. How Ketchup became from the Romans, Tabasco sauce from an exiled New Orleans banker, Mayonnaise from a French duke, and A.I. Steak Sauce from a royal chef named Brand.

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Genre : History
Author : Charles Panati
Publisher : Chartwell Books
Release : 2016-08-15
File : 480 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780785834373

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Genre : Psychology
Author : Donald A. Norman
Publisher : Basic Books
Release : 1990-05-01
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : 0791716104

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Positive poetry to inspire a happy life and help you to see the beauty in everyday things.

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Author : Dawn Anderson
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release : 2014-12-14
File : 154 Pages
ISBN-13 : 1502445964

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Traditional Japanese design imbues objects with a sense of history and artistry that easily reaches across cultural boundaries. In Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Extraordinary Beauty and Significance, author Nicholas Bornoff and photographer Michael Freeman examine over 60 traditional objects that are uniquely Japanese, deftly illustrating their beauty and significance. Beautifully crafted samurai swords Elegant wooden tansu chests Elaborate tea ceremony implements Exquisitely carved netsuke toggles Fabulous silk-and-gold embroidered kimonos Each item is described in loving detail alongside lovely full-color photographs that highlight the great artistry and craftsmanship in everyday items used by real people in traditional Japan. Things Japanese is the perfect book for Japanese antique collectors or anyone interested in Japanese art and the culture and history of Japan.

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Genre : Art
Author : Nicholas Bornoff
Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
Release : 2014-03-25
File : 144 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781462913817

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