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Guns and Design

Firearms are culturally significant objects. They can empower. They can kill. But guns are also complex tools of meaning that can, perhaps, provide insight into the interconnection of people, objects, and society. Gundesign.org is an interdisciplinary exploration of the stories told by firearms through their design and depiction, use and image. Design Observer readers might particularly like to watch George Nelson’s odd 1960 television spot on designer weapons or take a gander at these concept pistols modeled on Nike Air Maxshoes. From gun advertising aimed at children to the use of technology in demonstrating the inner workings of moral intuition, gundesign.org offers a critical perspective on objects, human agency, and design practice. The site is written and created by Barbara Eldredge.

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