After reading a couple of references to John Thakara's 'Design After Modernism' I ordered a used copy which arrived yesterday. I'm really glad I did because it looks like it covers a lot of the precedents for the work I am doing in my research. I really found a lot of value in Thackara's latest 'In the Bubble'. I think 'Design After Modernism' might be out of print because I could only find used copies online. I also could not find a table of contents for it. So in the interests of public service:
1 . Beyond the object in design.
2 . The experience of modernity.
CITY - BUILDING - STREET
3 . Place-form and cultural identity.
4 . A city is not a tree.
5 . Architecture and cognac.
6 . Street signs.
PRODUCT - ORNAMENT - CRAFT
7 . The search for a postmodern aesthetic.
8 . The ideal world of Vermeer's little lace maker .
9 . Design and 'avantpostmodernism'.
10 . Invisible design .
11 . Culture as commodity: style wars, punk and pageant.
TECHNOLOGY - SOFTWARE - PROCESS
12 . The system of objects.
13 . From Socrates to Intel: the chaos of microaesthetics.
14 . The demise of classical rationality.
15 . From Brunelleschi to CAD-CAM.
16 . The product as illusion.
17 . Softecnica.
JOHN CHRIS JONES
THACKARA, J., 1988. Design after Modernism. London: Thames & Hudson.