The Meanings of Modern Design: Towards the Twenty-first Century
Dormer analyzes the meanings of design in consumer durable goods, such as hair dryers and electric appliances; crafts, such as handmade pots, textiles, and jewerly; and high-design artifacts. He covers four themes: the economic context of design production; the role of new technology in changing style; the relationship among making, consuming, and individual self-satisfaction; and the need to set design in the context of society's values of health and safety. He discusses the differences between design and engineering, the effects of new materials on styling, symbolism and meaning in product style, the role of symbolism in marketing, valuing the handmade, and conservation and environmental concerns. ISBN 0-500-23570-8: $19.95.
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