Blobjects and Beyond: The New Fluidity in Design

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Chronicle Books, Jul 14, 2005 - Design - 248 pages
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Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, Blobjects and Beyond is the first comprehensive survey of the new fluidity in contemporary design. Whether hard or soft, cheerful or sinister, practical or conceptual, blobjects represent a decisive turn away from the hard edges and angles of conventional modernism. From the iconic iMac to Karim Rashid's evocative plastics to the ergonomic computer mouse, blobjects are the defining objects of our time, molding our visual vocabulary for years to come. Blobjects and Beyond is a celebration of the global explosion of amorphic, organic, and curvaceous design.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
8
TwentiethCentury Roots of Organic Form
23
PHIL RATION
39
The Look and Feel of Optimism
57
The KandyKolored Blobject
71
Fluid Blobs in Motion
85
Beach Rocks
101
BEYOND BLOBJECTS
169
Dont Fuck with Me
187
BioExoDerma
199
PHIL PATTON
213
Afterword
232
Index
250
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About the author (2005)

Steven Skov Holt is the distinguished professor of industrial design at California College of the Arts and former editor of I.D. magazine.

Mara Holt Skov is an independent curator. She and Steven live in San Francisco.

Phil Patton is a design critic and journalist for the New York Times, contributing editor to Esquire, Wired, and I.D., and the author of several books.

Bruce Sterling is a celebrated science fiction novelist and technology writer, and a regular contributor to Wired magazine.

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