Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things

Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things

By: Grace Lees-Maffei (editor)Hardback

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Iconic Designs is a beautifully designed and illustrated guide to fifty classic 'things' - designs that we find in the city, in our homes and offices, on page and screen, and in our everyday lives. In her introduction, Grace Lees-Maffei explores the idea of iconicity and what makes a design 'iconic', and fifty essays by leading design and cultural critics address the development of each iconic 'thing', its innovative and unique qualities, and its journey to classic status. Subjects range from the late 19th century to the present day, and include the Sydney Opera House, the Post-It Note, Coco Chanel's classic suit, the Sony Walkman(TM), Hello Kitty(TM), Helvetica, the Ford Model T, Harry Beck's diagrammatic map of the London Underground and the Apple iMac G3. This handsome volume provides a treasure trove of 'stories' that will shed new light on the iconic designs that we use without thinking, aspire to possess, love or hate (or love to hate) and which form part of the fabric of our everyday lives.

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Grace Lees-Maffei is Reader in Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, UK and is co-editor of The Design History Reader (Bloomsbury 2010) and Made in Italy (Bloomsbury 2013). She is also the editor of Writing Design (Bloomsbury 2011) and Design at Home (2013).


List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Interrogating Iconic Design, Grace Lees-Maffei PART ONE: HOT IN THE CITY Part Introduction 1. Eiffel Tower, France (Gustave Eiffel, 1889), Claire Jones, post doctoral research fellow on the AHRC-funded project Displaying Victorian Sculpture, UK 2. Ford Model T, USA (Henry Ford, 1908), Paul Hazell, University of Worcester, UK 3. London Underground Diagram, UK (1931), Christoph Lueder, ETH Zurich, Canterbury School of Architecture and Kingston University, UK 4. Tuk-Tuk, Italy/Thailand (Corradino D'Ascanio, 1948-), Thomas Brandt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway 5. Sydney Opera House, Australia (Jorn Utzon, Denmark, 1957-73), D.J. Huppatz, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 6. McDonald's Golden Arches Logo, USA (Jim Schindler, 1962), D.J. Huppatz, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 7. Mobility Scooter, USA (Allen R. Thieme, 1968), Nicolas P. Maffei, Norwich University College of the Arts, UK 8. Concorde, France/UK (Pierre Satre/Sir Archibald Russell, Aerospatiale/BAe, 1969), Amy Foster, University of Central Florida, USA 9. The London Eye, UK (Marks Barfield Architects, 1999), Jilly Traganou, Parsons The New School for Design, USA and Grace Vetrocq Tuttle, communication design specialist, USA 10. The Palm Islands, Dubai, UAE (Nakheel Properties, 2001-), Dolly Jorgensen, Umea University, Sweden PART TWO: PAGE TURNERS AND SCREEN SIRENS Part Introduction 11. Isotype, Austria (Marie Reidemeister, Otto Neurath, Gerd Arntz, 1925-1934), Ellen Lupton, Maryland Institute College of Art, USA 12. Metropolis, Germany (Fritz Lang, 1927), Nathaniel Robert Walker, Ph.D. student at Brown University, USA 13. Penguin Books, UK (Allen Lane, 1935 and Jan Tschichold, 1947-9), Paul Shaw, Parsons School of Design, USA 14. Helvetica, Switzerland (Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffman, 1957), Kerry William Purcel, lThe University of Hertfordshire, UK 15. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover, UK (Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, 1967), Alice Twemlow, School of Visual Arts, USA 16. Graphical User Interface (GUI), USA (Apple, 1984), Paul Atkinson, Sheffield Hallam University, UK 17. Benetton Advertising Campaigns, Italy (Oliviero Toscani, 1986-), Celia Lury, University of Warwick, UK 18. Ray Gun, USA (David Carson, 1992-1995), Julia Moszkowicz, Southampton Solent University, UK 19. Ebay.com, USA (Pierre Omidyar, 1995), Ida Engholm, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark 20. Facebook, USA (Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, 2003), Alison Gazzard, University of Hertfordshire, UK PART THREE: GENIUS AT WORK Part Introduction 21. Paper Clip, USA (Samuel B. Fay, 1867), Joe Moran, Liverpool John Moores University, UK 22. Wooton Desk, USA (William S. Wooton, 1874), Kenneth L. Ames, Bard Graduate Center, USA 23. Incandescent Light Bulb, USA (Thomas Edison, 1880), Carroll Pursell, Australian National University, Australia 24. Streamlined Pencil Sharpener, USA (Raymond Loewy, 1933), Nicolas P. Maffei, Norwich University College of the Arts, UK 25. Bic Cristal Pen, France (Societe PPA, 1950), Susan Lambert, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK 26. Polypropylene Chair, UK (Robin Day, 1960-63), Susan Lambert, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK 27. Valentine Typewriter, Italy (Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Perry A. King for C. Olivetti S.p.A., 1969), Penny Sparke, Kingston University, UK 28. Rubik's Cube, Hungary (Erno Rubik, 1974), Kjetil Fallan, University of Oslo, Norway 29. Post-it Note, USA, 1980 (Spencer Silver and Arthur Fry for 3M), Alice Twemlow, School of Visual Arts, USA 30. Apple iMac G3, USA (Jonathan Ive for Apple, 1998), Paul Atkinson, Sheffield Hallam University, UK PART FOUR: HOME RULES Part Introduction 31. Portland Vase, UK (Josiah Wedgwood, 1789), Glenn Adamson, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK 32. Heinz 57 Varieties (Henry J. Heinz & L. Clarence Noble, 1869), Michael Golec, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA 33. 'Strawberry Thief', UK (William Morris, 1883), Emma Ferry, Nottingham Trent University, UK 34. Frankfurt Kitchen, Germany (Grete Lihotzky, 1926), Finn Arne Jorgensen, Umea University, Sweden 35. Clubsessel 'B3' 'Wassily' Chair, Germany (Marcel Breuer, 1927), Clive Edwards, Loughborough University, UK 36. Princess Telephone, USA (Henry Dreyfuss for Bell Telephone, 1959), Lasse Brunnstrom, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 37. LEGO, Denmark (Ole Kirk Christiansen, 1958), Kjetil Fallan, University of Oslo, Norway 38. Barbie, USA (Ruth Handler/Mattel, 1959), Juliette Peers, RMIT University, Australia 39. Juicy Salif Lemon Squeezer, Italy/France (Philippe Starck, 1990), Grace Lees-Maffei, University of Hertfordshire, UK 40. Dyson DC01 Vacuum Cleaner, UK (James Dyson, 1993), Louise Crewe, University of Nottingham, UK PART FIVE: PERSONAL EFFECTS Part Introduction 41. Chopsticks, China (c. 3,000 BC), Yunah Lee, University of Brighton, UK 42. Zori and Flip-flop Sandal, Japan/World (n.d.), Martha Chaiklin, University of Pittsburgh, USA 43. Levi's Jeans, USA (Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss & Co., 1873), Christopher Breward, University of Edinburgh, UK 44. Swiss Army Knife, Switzerland (Karl Elsener, Victorinox, 1891), Catharine Rossi, Kingston University, UK 45. Brownie Camera, USA (Eastman Kodak, 1900), Marc Olivier, Brigham Young University, USA 46. Chanel Suit, France (Coco Chanel, c. 1913), Hazel Clark, Parsons the New School for Design, USA 47. Coca-Cola Bottle, USA (Earl R. Dean, 1915), Finn Arne Jorgensen, Umea University, Sweden 48. Hello Kitty, Japan (Yuko Shimizu for Sanrio, 1974), Brian J. McVeigh, University of Arizona, USA 49. Sony Walkman, Japan (Nobutoshi Kihara, 1978), Juliette Kristensen, Kingston University, UK 50. Wind-Up Radio, UK/South Africa (Trevor Baylis, 1992), Gabriele Oropallo, University of Oslo, Norway Notes Contributors Select Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 25/09/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780857853523
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780857853523
  • weight: 921
  • ISBN10: 085785352X

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