Design History

Never Leave Well Enough Alone

Between the 1930s and the 1960s, Raymond Loewy's streamlined designs for thousands of consumer goods—everything from toasters and refrigerators to automobiles and ocean liners—radically changed the look of American life.

Making the Modern : Industry, Art, and Design in America

In this ambitious book, Terry Smith chronicles the modernist revolution in American art and design between the world wars—from its origins in the new industrial age of mass production, automation, and corporate culture to its powerful and transforming effects on the way Americans came to see themselves and their world. From Ford Motor's first assembly line in 1913 to the New York World's Fair of 1939, Smith traces the evolution of visual imagery in the first half of America's century of progress.


Look of the Century

This work celebrates the skill and vision of the world's most successful designers. The book begins with an in-depth introduction that outlines the major design trends of this century and examines the significance of designed objects in our daily lives. The core of the book is divided into chapters such as "Around the Home", "Transport", "Graphics and Advertising" and "Leisure". Each chapter is sub-divided into specific entries that cover every aspect of the man-made world, from armchairs to wallpaper.

Landmarks of Twentieth Century Design

The first thorough analysis of the 20th century's design milestones. Many of the 400 choices are the familiar icons of design—Tiffany's Cobweb lamp, Mies's Barcelona Chair, Loewy's Lucky Strike package, Sony's Walkman—while the influence of other works has been more subtle. Taken together these remarkable objects represent the high points of this era's design. Discuses all aspects of international design—graphics, furniture, lighting, textiles, appliances, and more from the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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.