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Nostalgic Design: Rhetoric, Memory, and Democratizing Technology
by William C. Kurlinkus
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018
Paper: 978-0-8229-6552-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-8647-8
Library of Congress Classification P96.N68K75 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.4

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Nostalgic Design presents a rhetorical analysis of twenty-first century nostalgia and a method for designers to create more inclusive technologies. Nostalgia is a form of resistant commemoration that can tell designers what users value about past designs, why they might feel excluded from the present, and what they wish to recover in the future. By examining the nostalgic hacks of several contemporary technical cultures, from female software programmers who knit on the job to anti-vaccination parents, Kurlinkus argues that innovation without tradition will always lead to technical alienation, whereas carefully examining and layering conflicting nostalgic traditions can lead to technological revolution.
 
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