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The Meanings of Modern Design.

THE MEANINGS OF MODERN DESIGN. Peter Dormer. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1990. Illustrated, 192 pp., hardbound, $19.95.

This book asks and answers such questions as: Who persuades designers to restyle things continuously? How do we decide what looks good? In what ways do art and handcraft have relevance in an industrialized consumer culture? Unlike other books on this subject, an emphasis is directed to separating design as style from design as engineering. Style is treated as a visual language integral to a productive and successful society. The author traces the history of design from 1900 to the present with emphasis on changing cultural and social ideologies. Over fifty illustrations, many of uniquely designed craft objects and industrial forms, support the probing text. A valuable library addition for anyone concerned with design or the applied arts.
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Date:Dec 1, 1990
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