A NYT article about what we spend our money on for the Holidays and how it is not really that different than a generation ago:
The arrival of the personal computer in the 1980's constituted a bona fide revolution. Last year, Americans spent about $51 billion on computers, peripherals and software, an astonishing figure for an item on which they spent nothing in 1977. But to put it in perspective: $51 billion is only 1.5 percent of America's spending on goods. Last year Americans spent $54 billion on shoes.Click here for the NYT article.
Bruce M. Tharp, PhD is a designer, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur, with degrees in mechanical engineering, industrial design, and anthropology. He and his wife, Stephanie Tharp run an award-winning, design studio, materious.
They have licensed a dozen new product ideas to companies, and currently manufacture several of their own. Materious also produces discursive products and concepts to engender reflection and debate on cultural topics. They are currently finishing a book project on the topic entitled, Discursive Design.
Bruce is a professor of design at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design where he teaches a range of undergraduates as well as graduates in the new Master of Design program in Integrative Design.