Design History

Industrial Design: Reflection of a Century

Sweeping from the 1851 Crystal Palace exhibition in London to today's computer-aided design, this big, jazzy album explores the role of designed objects in our daily lives. Its 600 plates (about half in color) and 30 historical and analytical essays document a major exhibition in Paris.

Industrial Design

Raymond Loewy's name is synonymous with industrial design. His creative vision married the production methodology of the Machine Age to the modern world of mass consumption. The only designer ever awarded a Time magazine cover story, Loewy designed for everyone—from the American housewife, for whom he created the bestselling look of the 1935 Coldspot refrigerator, to President Kennedy, for whom he redesigned Air Force One.

Icons of Design: The 20th Century

From the typewriter to the Apple Mac, "Icons of Design" includes the finest examples of furniture, accessories, household appliances, vehicles and toys that have transcended their everyday utility to achieve iconic status over the course of the twentieth century. From the Rolex watch to the mobile phone, each item is examined in colourful double-page spreads, which include illustrations of its use and a brief biography of the designer. In addition, an introductory essay explains how an object becomes an icon and outlines the criteria the editors used to select their subjects.

Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer: The Man in the Brown Suit

Several architects and planners have had larger roles than Henry Dreyfuss (1904-72) in creating the look of 20th-century America, and other industrial designers were flashier. But none were more creative in making common objects—sewing machines, vacuum cleaners, tractors, wall thermostats, telephones (a single series of one of his Bell phones sold 162 million units)—attractive, unobtrusive and easy to use …. The 200 photographs are intensely evocative of the great age of design from the 30's through the 60's and Mr.

Graphic Design—A Concise History

From its roots in the development of printing, graphic design has evolved as a means of identification, information, and promotion to become a profession and discipline in its own right.

The Early Work of Frank Lloyd Wright

Two hundred and seven rare photos of the Oak Park period and first great buildings: Unity Temple, Dana house, Larkin factory, more. Complete photos of Wasmuth edition. New Introduction.

 

Design: The History, Theory and Practice of Product Design

Design today is a global instrument. Bernhard Bürdek traces the progress of design from its beginnings in the late 19th century, through the most significant movements of the 20th century up to those recent developments in biological engineering which will shape the 21st century. Design is now a discipline in its own right and its expertise can be incorporated within interdisciplinary processes.

Design Since 1945

The essential shape, form and structure of some objects in our daily lives may have been fixed many generations ago, but design and designers have now been moved center stage by the varied demands of a society that in less than half a century has gone from the restless search for the new throw-away consumerism to a postmodernist recycling of ideas—and now, Green recycling of materials.

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