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Airline: Identity, Design and Culture Paperback – October, 2000
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"...a delicious evocation of air travel's sometimes spotty design past and a window into the sleek future." -- National Geographic Traveler, November/December 2000
... blends history, sociology and style with stunning graphics in an exploration of this lofty realm. -- USA Today, September 22, 2000
... it is a loving look back at air travel when it was still considered exotic and exciting .A great gift... -- The Briefing, CONCORDE in-flight magazine, September 2000
... more (thank God) entertaining than scholarly..might make the most worn-out businessman rediscover the romance of flying. -- OCEAN DRIVE, October 2000
(Lovegrove) recalls the hot pants and knee boots worn by Southwest Airlines stewardesses in the early 70s..." -- New York Times, August 13, 2000
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I'm an airline Captain, but the son of a graphic artist and an art historian. So it's doubly in the blood! I salivated when I heard of this book about airlines and the design/identity/graphics they've emblazoned on their unique place in transportation history.
I agree with the other reviewer that it was a bit scant on text and illustrations to a certain degree. That isn't to say that it lacks for them either. Mr. Lovegrove has chosen a rather minimalist approach to his presentation. Perhaps this is due to the fact if he had tried any other way the book would be 1000's of pages long. This is not a book about airplanes nor airlines and their history. I had to keep reminding myself of this fact as I read through my copy.
It is a unique attempt, through the eyes of an author who is a designer, to chronicle that element of the airlines. I commend him for this first effort. Full page photographs of stewardesses in past uniforms and unique aircraft paint schemes are accompanied by a brief textual explanation of each element. However, I was surprised that there wasn't more about airports and their design as the late 20th century has produced some monumental and creatively designed gateways (Denver, Schipol, Munich, Orlando, Hong Kong...).
If you appreciate the whole package of art/design/fashion/graphics as it relates to airlines, this book is a real treat. If you're looking strictly for airline photos, history, or airplanes, there are books that better address those subject areas.
and I also wore a bubble hat and mini dress. It brings back very warm memories of an industry
greatly changed over the years. Thanks
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