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Twentieth-Century Design (Oxford History of Art) 1st Edition

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One of the first six volumes of the new Oxford series, this is a useful and concise summary of 20th-century design in both the Western industrialized world and the Far East. Woodham (history of design, Univ. of Brighton) freely admits that some influences, such as multiculturalism, perestroika, and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, have been omitted in hopes that this will enhance future studies in these areas. The work reads like a global who's who of designers, architects, cultural and national design organizations, and corporate icons. Each of the ten chapters focuses on a component of design, such as modernism, consumerism, reconstruction after World War II, nostalgia and heritage, and social responsibility. The illustrations fit the text and reflect classic design examples. Woodham successfully highlights design as a powerful marketing tool that has captured the international consumer through culture, socioeconomics, politics, and technology. Highly recommended.?Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tenn. State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
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"Woodham gives a deftly organised, extremely cool-headed account of the ideological spoon-fights behind the product ranges of modern capitalism: his range of reference and eye for detail are superb."-- The Guardian

"For a good general introduction to the subject you could not go very far wrong with Jonathan Woodham's excellent Twentieth Century Design ... Yet another example of the impressive new Oxford History of Art series."-- The Bookseller

An excellent framework for understanding the development of design in this century ... destined to become the standard in this field."--Dennis Doordan, University of Notre Dame

"Clearly written, well illustrated ... introduces the reader to new approaches to design history."--Pat Kirkham, Bard Graduate Center

"The most complete introduction to date."--Paul Greenhaigh, Victoria & Albert Museum


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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford History of Art
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 1 edition (May 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192842048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842046
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Since Hesketts "Industrial Design" from 1990, this is the best comprehensive introduction to the "new" Design History view on the parallel histories of design developments in this century.
It takes a relatively non-heroic attitude towards celebrated designers and design classics while trying to locate the meaning of design products in mass culture, lifestyles, corporations and consumption spheres instead of the designers "creative mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Schattman on September 14, 2010
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Each title in the Oxford History of Art series provides an overview to a particular time period, style or movement. This book focuses on 20th century design, including the design of interiors, furniture, textiles, graphics, and consumer goods from teapots to automobiles. The author describes the historical context at the beginning of the 20th century, as the industrial revolution changed the way things were made and used. He traces the development of different styles, from Arts & Crafts to post-modernism. A final chapter on social responsibility traces the ways in which designers have responded to consumer concerns throughout the century.

This book is generously illustrated, with many color images complementing the period black-and-white photographs and line drawings. It is a sturdy paperback with a strong binding. It would be useful to undergraduate students researching 20th century design, as well as general readers interested in the subject.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 1oak on May 10, 2013
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This was required reading for a college course and the price on Amazon was more than 50% off the bookstore price, even less than the bookstore's used book price. I now plan ahead and order all the books I can from Amazon. Amazon's buy back is great if your university book store won't buy it from you but I've been able to sell all my books locally after I used them
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