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What Is Good Design?: A Comment

  • David Granick

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I am fully in agreement with Mr. Hutchings as to the major importance of design in determining the quality of an economy’s products. Indeed, I would extend this view to a statement that design is equally important in determining the appropriateness of specific methods of production in the light of the economy’s physical and human resources. I think that we are all indebted to Hutchings for making the case and for distinguishing between design and technology. However, while Hutchings discusses the contribution of design to various Soviet industries, he fails to provide criteria for distinguishing between good and bad product design. It is to this elementary task that I wish primarily to direct my remarks.

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1. Holland, Hunter, Soviet Transportation Policy (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1970).

2. David, Granick, Soviet Metal-Fabricating and Economic Development: Practice versus Policy (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967.

3. David, Joravsky, The Lysenko Affair (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1970).

What Is Good Design?: A Comment

  • David Granick

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