Victor Papanek

Victor Joseph Papanek (22 November 1923 – 10 January 1998) was an Austrian-American designer and educator who became a strong advocate of the socially and ecologically responsible design of products, tools, and community infrastructures. He disapproved of manufactured products that were unsafe, showy, maladapted, or essentially useless. His products, writings, and lectures were collectively considered an example and inspired many designers. Papanek was a philosopher of design and as such he was an untiring, eloquent promoter of design aims and approaches that would be sensitive to social and ecological considerations. He wrote that "design has become the most powerful tool with which man shapes his tools and environments (and, by extension, society and himself)."Papanek has taught at universities and art colleges throughout his life and has won many important design awards. He has done a lot of design work for UNESCO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and many third world countries, which can be called "world citizens". Papanek is diligent in writing, and his most important works include "Designing for the Real World", "Designing for People's Scales", and "Green Law". Among them, "Design for the Real World" has the greatest impact, and the book has been translated into more than 24 languages. Provided by Wikipedia
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