Small Things Considered

Via Joel's book review, I've been reading Henry Petroski's Small Things Considered: Why There is No Perfect Design. It's been helpful to have another book lying around to break up the readings for Graduate Design Seminar. Petroski's book is a fascinating series of vignettes about the design of objects like cup holders and the paper bag. I'm enjoying it so much that I've tracked down some of his other books. He's written a 448-page book about the invention and development of the pencil that's pretty amazing.

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