The Genius of Design

The Genius of Design

by Penny Sparke


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The Genius of Design by Penny Sparke

Design is all around us. It manifests itself in the boardroom and on the battlefield; from the factory floor to the supermarket aisle; in our cars, kitchens and bathrooms; in advertising and food packaging; on movie sets and in computer avatars.
In The Genius of Design, the author and design historian, Penny Sparke, offers us far more than a history of design icons. The book's five sections take the reader on a chronological journey, from industrialization in the 19th century; on to the Modern movement, the Bauhaus and beyond; through austerity and wartime; postwar boom and the potential of new materials and processes; and finishing with an up-to-the-minute engagement with design in the 21st century.The Genius of Design champions not just the "design heroes" of the last 200 years but also the democratic forces of machine production and mass consumption. Above all, it puts human beings back where they belong - at the heart of the debate about what makes good and bad design.

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ISBN-13: 9781590204337
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 10/14/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 982,685
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Penny Sparke has lectured, curated exhibitions, broadcast and written about the history of design for more than 30 years. She is the Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, a Fellow of the Society of Arts and Pro Vice- Chancellor at Kingston University.

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