An Introduction to Design and Culture: 1900 to the Present (3rd Revised edition)

An Introduction to Design and Culture: 1900 to the Present (3rd Revised edition)

By: Penny Sparke (author)Hardback

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This third edition of An Introduction to Design and Culture has been revised and updated throughout to include issues of globalization, sustainability and digital/interactive design. New for this edition is a chapter which covers key changes in design culture. Design culture has changed dramatically in the 21st century, the designer-hero is now much less in evidence and design has become much more interdisciplinary. Drawing on a wealth of mass-produced artefacts, images and environments including sewing machines, cars, televisions, clothes, electronic and branded goods and exhibitions, author Penny Sparke shows how design has helped to shape and reflect our social and cultural development. This introduction to the development of modern (and postmodern) design is ideal for undergraduate students.

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About Author

Penny Sparke is Professor of Design History and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Director, Modern Interior Research Centre, Kingston University. Her research interests include modern design and the modern interior with special interest in role of gender. She is currently researching the meaning of plants and flowers in the modern interior.


Introduction: Twentieth-Century Design and Culture Revisited Part 1: Design and Modernity, 1900-1939 Chapter 1. Consuming Modernity (i) Conspicuous Consumption and the Expansion of Taste (ii) Consumer Culture and Modernity Chapter 2. The Impact of Modernity (i) New Production Methods, New Materials (ii) The Materials of Modernity Chapter 3. The Designer for Industry (i) Art and Industry (ii) The Consultant Designer Chapter 4. Modernism and Design (i) Theory and Design at the Turn of the Century (ii) The Hegemony of Modernism Chapter 5. Designing Identities (i) Representing the Nation (ii) Corporate Culture and the State Part 2: Design and Postmodernity, 1939 to the present Chapter 6. Consuming Postmodernity (i) The Dream of Modernity (ii) Consumer Culture and Postmodernity Chapter 7. Technology and Design: A New Alliance (i) The Materials of Abundance (ii) Technology and Lifestyles Chapter 8. Designer-Culture (i) The International Designers (ii) The New Designers Chapter 9. Postmodernism and Design (i) Modern Design in Crisis (ii) Postmodern Design Chapter 10. Redesigning Identities (i) Redesigning the Nation (ii) Designing Lifestyles

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  • publication date: 07/12/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780415686181
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780415686181
  • weight: 589
  • ISBN10: 0415686180
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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