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History of Modern Design

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0131830400
ISBN-10: 0131830406
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Design plays an integral part in our lives, surrounding us at home and in the office. The products of design—whether in the form of household products, packaging, fashion, software, industrial equipment, or promotional images in the mass media—can be seen both as objects of beauty and as the result of creative human endeavors.

This insightful, wide-ranging book surveys applied arts and industrial design from the eighteenth century to the present day, exploring the dynamic relationship between design and manufacturing, and the technological, social, and commercial context in which this relationship developed. The effects of a vastly enlarged audience for the products of modern design and the complex dynamic of mass consumption, are also discussed. Part of this dynamic reveals that products serve as symbols for desires that have little to do with need or function.

Wide-ranging examples of product and graphic design are shown—and their significance within the history of design explained—including vessels and other objects made from glass, ceramics, plastic, or metal, as well as tableware, furniture, textiles, lighting, housings for electric appliances, machines and equipment, cars, tools, books, posters, magazines, illustrations, advertisements, and digital information. The book also explores the impact of a wealth of new manmade industrial materials on the course of modern design—from steel to titanium, plywood to plastic, cotton to nylon, wire to transistors, and .from microprocessors to nanotubes. The research, development, and applications of these technologies are shown as depending upon far-reaching lines of communication, stretching across geographical and linguistic boundaries. In this way, David Raizman reveals the history of modern design as a "global" history.

About the Author

David Raizman is a professor in the Department of Visual Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (November 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131830406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131830400
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.9 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I completely disagree with the first reviewer's comments, especially about the quality of the pictures. In fact, that's probably one of the book's highlights. The writing is also extremely accessible whether you are a student or a coffee-table book browser. The book is clearly meant to complement a wide range of history of design courses, which may likely vary from instructor to instructor, college to college. I would venture that it is the instructor's responsibility to find relevant sections that can be utilized in her class, and not expect that the book will be organized according to her own syllabus.
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I've wanted this book for quite some time now. I actually remember the day I first spotted it on the shelves of a local bookstore. Since then, I have frequently gone to peruse its pages at the design library where I work, and I have found it to be an invaluable resource. It is one of the few books that strive to show the interrelationship between the many design disciplines, and, for those of us lucky enough to have had the opportunity to study under Dr. Raizman, it serves as a constant refresher and reminder of a truly wonderful class.
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By siller44 on November 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have to say, it is the best Design history book i've read in english.
His approach is very similar to some Italian, German and Scottish authors.
I strongly recommend it.
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