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Iconic Designs - Grace Lees-Maffei

25-09-2014

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Iconic Designs

Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things
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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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Number of Pages 240

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Author, UK Do you enjoy riding tuk-tuks in South Asia (Italian design, in fact), secretly enjoy visiting Macdonalds, or spend most of your time on Facebook? What got you hooked? In this book fifty icons of modern design are unpacked for you in a thoroughly imaginative manner, cutting across class, age, regional and temporal boundaries. A must for all students and lovers of design alike. -- Peter McNeil, University of Technology Sydney, Australia a lavishly illustrated, treasurable guide Choice Magazine
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