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HISTORY OF MODERN DESIGN
David Raizman

Laurence King, 2010
Softcover
432 pages
Fully illustrated, colour & b+w
ISBN: 9781856696944

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Surveying applied arts and industrial design from the 18th century to the present day, this book explores the relationship between design and manufacturing and the technological, social and commercial context in which this relationship developed. Also discussed are the effects of an enlarged audience for modern design and the complex dynamic of mass consumption whereby products serve as signs for desires that have little to do with need or function. The text explores the impact of new industrial materials on the course of modern design - from steel to titanium, plywood to plastic, cotton to nylon, wire to transistors and microprocessors to nanotubes.

Extensively revised and expanded for this second edition, History of Modern Design is an inclusive, well-balanced introduction to a field of increasing scholarly and interdisciplinary research, and provides students in design with historical perspectives of their chosen fields of study.

 

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