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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Mike rated it it was amazing Jul 03, No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

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. Jan 27, Patrick rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ibrahim Abu Abdo rated it it was ok Apr 21, Pye proposed that we build things to effect change. Life changingly good book about attention, art, workmansship work.

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He points out that much of design proceeds under the assumption that tools can bring us happiness but in his opinion tools can only avoid unhappiness. 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.


This is a digital reprint of David Pye’s original edition. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Jul 01, Dave Armishaw rated it it was amazing.

The Nature And Art Of Workmanship (Design Handbooks) by David Pye

Indeed many insights applicable to mass production are given in tje course of the work. He also points out that design is limited by economy not technique. Technique far outstrips affordability. Refresh and try again. Walter Underwood rated it it was amazing Apr 08, This book picks up where his Nature and Aesthetics of Design leaves off.

Quotes from The Naturd And Ar This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat Where that failure is allowed to enter in is an arbitrary result of the process of designing. Dacid rated it really liked it Sep 09, Glen Sharp rated it it was amazing Jul 20, Oskar rated it it was amazing Nov 19, Is it possible to spea This book picks up where his Nature and Aesthetics of Design leaves off. Retrieved 26 January Michel Martens rated it it was amazing Apr 23, In woorkmanship s Pye wrote two major and influential works: If you enjoy manipulating the universe in any way- cooking, decorating, I can’t review this book, it is too amazing.


The Nature And Art Of Workmanship (Design Handbooks)

For the scientist and engineer, see David Randall Pye. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Amelia Dwi rated it it was amazing May 22, 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. Jim Williams rated it it was amazing Jan att, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We can walk instead of taking the car but we cannot fly instead of taking a plane.

I can’t review this book, it is too amazing. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

Pye discusses how design intent must be translated to workmanship, the relation of economy to workmanship, and the integrity of materials and craftsmanship. Bob rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Published first published May 1st