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Design for sustainable change: how design and designers can drive the sustainability agenda

Design for sustainable change: how design and designers can drive the sustainability agenda

Chick, Anne; Micklethwaite, Paul

'Design for Sustainable Change' explores how design thinking and design-led entrepreneurship can address the issue of sustainability, examining how familiar design processes can be translated into methodologies for driving sustainable change in businesses, organisations and society more generally

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Lausanne: AVA Academia, c2011
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Statement of responsibility: Anne Chick, Paul Micklethwaite
ISBN: 2940411301, 9782940411306
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 183 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
Subject: Sustainable design.; Art and Design.


  1. Contents. Introduction. About the authors. How to get the most out of this book. From design to design thinking to design activism: Design is to design a design to produce a design: Design as a field
  2. Design as an action or process
  3. Design as a concept or proposal
  4. Design as an outcome
  5. Design is an attitude not a profession
  6. Design innovation and the innovation of design. Design thinking: Societal challenges are design challenges
  7. From problem-solving to problem-setting
  8. Service design: maybe we don't need a product?
  9. Participatory design: from designing for to designing with
  10. Open source design
  11. There's nothing new about design thinking?. Design activism: Design activism
  12. Activism through design
  13. Design altruism. Sustainability: The 'S' word: What do we want to sustain?
  14. Models of sustainability
  15. Measuring sustainability
  16. Sustainability is not about single issues
  17. Types of capital in sustainable development
  18. Should we use the 'S' word?. Design for sustainable change: Sustainability and design: Green design: a single-issues approach
  19. Ecodesign: life-cycle thinking
  20. Corporate social responsibility(CSR)and design
  21. Design for sustainability: radical innovations. Design for sustainable living: Designing sustainable behaviour
  22. Designing sustainable systems
  23. Designing sustainable lifestyles
  24. Designing sustainable cities
  25. Designing sustainable regions. Design for development: Designing against inequality
  26. Designing for needs, not wants
  27. Approaches to designing for development. Conclusion. Bibliography. Further resources. Index. Picture credits. Thanks. Working with ethics.

Author note

Anne Chick is director of the Sustainable Design Research Centre at Kingston University, UK. Until recently, she was director of the Sustainability in Practice Network within WestFocus (a consortium of seven universities). She is adjunct professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Canada, an associate editor of the Design Journal and a Design Studies journal referee. Paul Micklethwaite is a research fellow in sustainable design at Kingston University. Paul undertakes research, knowledge transfer, and enterprise activities across a wide range of areas within sustainable design. His areas of research interest include design and manufacture with recycled materials and 'green' branding.


An invaluable reference guide to the major ethical design themes of our time. With its lively format and succinct overview of concepts, ideas and case studies, this book is essential reading for anyone wishing to grasp the complexities of sustainability and the role of design.
Stuart Walker, Professor of Design, Lancaster University, UK; author of Sustainable by Design: Explo||Design is undergoing a revolution, and this book is an essential guide for tomorrow's design revolutionaries. Design thinking, service design and design activism are among the new ideas that are transforming the processes and practices of design today. Students of design require a clear guide through these radical new territories of creative practice to help them develop sustainable futures - for themselves and for the world they live in. This extremely timely book is essential reading for design students in all disciplines.
Professor Mike Press, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design University of Dundee, Scotland||This book helps designers of all persuasions to re-imagine their own design futures. It suggests that this re-orientation involves fresh ways of perceiving, thinking and practicing. It believes that design for sustainable change helps everyone to re-pattern their behaviour towards more sustainable ways of living. Importantly, it adds another significant step in the negotiation of Design's own transitional journey.
Alastair Fuad-Luke, design educator, enabler, writer & activist; author of The Eco-design Handbook a||This well-researched, clearly written book is refreshingly to the point. Using a wide range of pertinent and up-to-date case studies it guides the reader to see design as an ethical, considered practice for the benefit of all rather than a consumer driven indulgence. This book will prove particularly vital reading for those who are carefully picking their way through the plethora of different perspectives the world of design presents.
Dr Paul Atkinson, Reader in Design, Sheffield Hallam University, UK||Design for Sustainable Change is timely, clear and compelling. It's the ideal roadmap for any designer seeking an alternative to business as usual.
John Thackara, Doors of Perception||Students in all the design professions should read this admirable and wise book by Chick and Micklethwaite ... it is a fascinating explication of the philosophy of design that offers a vision of how designers should think and work and what design should be ... The accompanying case studies, a fascinating collection of local, national, and global solutions, show how design can address ecological and social problems ... This beautiful book is superbly illustrated.
Choice review, R. M. Labuz, Mohawk Valley Community College, USA||Chick and Micklethwaite do an excellent job of explaining issues surrounding design and sustainability. Although the book is geared toward professional and aspiring designers, anyone with a curiosity for design and sustainability will find this book fascinating.
Art Libraries Society of North America||For anyone wanting a clear overview of the different approaches that designers might take toward a more sustainable future, this is a must read.
Guy Julier, University of Brighton, UK||This book is an excellent general overview of how the global ecological crisis impacts the nature of design.
Louise St Pierre, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Canada||This is a good compilation of material ... a readable introduction to this subject for architectural and design students.
John Napier, University of Lincoln, UK||This is a great book for demystifying some of the woolly topics surrounding sustainability. The book is well written and the authors tackle some big themes within the text, yet these these topics are succinctly explained in manageable chunks along with numerous case studies, each of which are clearly explained. As such it makes it an ideal undergraduate text. The chapter on Design Thinking and collaborative approaches to design is particularly interesting and relevant to a new generation designers.
Tim Bones, K College, UK