Tools for the Design Revolution

Tools for the Design Revolution

A handbook for sustainable design strategies
IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna, Harald Gruendl,
Marco Kellhammer, Christina Nägele (ed.)
With texts by Harald Gruendl, Ulrike Haele,
Marco Kellhammer, Christina Nägele
Tools for the Design Revolution
Design Knowledge for the Future
192 pages, illustrated throughout
16.6 × 24 cm, softcover
Euro (D) 29.80, Euro (A) 30.60, CHF 38.–
English Edition: ISBN 978-3-7212-0903-7
by niggli, Sulgen (CH) 2014


How can you determine the climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions of an espresso machine using a hammer, a screwdriver and a kitchen scale? Switching between activist demands and subtle humor, Tools for the Design Revolution illustrates the role design can play in formulating a sustainable society based on global solidarity. Many barely noticed everyday objects have a massive impact on the environment. The book illustrates this clearly and presents practical tools that designers, businesses and consumers alike can use as basic equipment for a reflected life. These promote informed design, development and consumption of design that breaks away from traditional subject-specific ideas. The design knowledge for the future comes out of learning from and with each other through experimental strategies and models of thinking in conjunction with scientifically based methods. It opens up spaces of thought and action for change and imparts practical knowledge to design a different future.
Follow-up project of the exhibition Tools for the Design Revolution initiated by the organization IDRV in cooperation with designaustria, 2012.

Made possible through the support of

Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Sektion  Kunst / Kultur
Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management