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A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present: A Survey of the Modern Style in Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, and Photography (Second Edition) Paperback – July 11, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0393732726 ISBN-10: 039373272X Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Second Edition edition (July 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039373272X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393732726
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Laudably, they include areas often omitted: photography, graphic, and interior design…. Recommended.” (CHOICE)

About the Author

Ann Ferebee's interest in design began in the late 1950's with a reporter's job on the staff of Industrial Design. In the early 1960's she launched Design and Environment, with a special focus on landscape architecture and the design of public space. She also taught the history of modern architecture and design at Pratt Institute and the Parsons School of Design. In 1979 she founded the Institute for Urban Design, a membership organization for landscape architects, architects, and planners, of which she is now director emerita.

Jeff Byles is an author and journalist who has written about architecture, urbanism, and culture for The New York Times, The Village Voice, Metropolis, Modern Painters, Cabinet, The Believer, and other publications. His book Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition was named a Best Book of the Year by The Village Voice and Time Out New York.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book shows developments in design from the Victorian era to present day. It is an updated version from a 1970 book. It is not a picture book, there is actually more text than pictures, although there are plenty of them. Many photos are less than 3"x4". Most are in colour and labeled. Included are; Victorian design, art nouveau, early modern design, and late modern.
Each section is illustrated with both interior designs and architectural designs of the period, such as; Central Park, The Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge. Interior designs take in chairs and even inventions such as telephones and the bicycle.

What does become confusing at times are the time jumps that occur in each section, especially the Victorian era where styles are shown up to the year 1968. This can be a bit disconcerting to see a Campbell's soup can in the Victorian era. I would have preferred more of a chronological approach, which is what the contents and organization implies. At times the subject matter seems all muddled up in its presentation and method.

This book would be of interest to designers of all sort and those who enjoy and are interested in construction and its details. It is a good textbook of the history of the continuation of design and of cultural icons.
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