Design Chronicles

Author: Carroll M. Gantz
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
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Design Chronicles from the Author: Carroll M. Gantz. Here are the design stories of everyday material, "stuff," from cars to Dustbusters, phonographs to DVDs, that makes our lives easier, more exciting, and more comfortable through mass-production. Descriptive vignettes and over 400 illustrations of popular culture as it progressed through the 20th century. Each year is an illustrated double-page spread, showing how design evolved in a precise timeline. Learn fascinating stories behind familiar products, the men and women who invented or designed them, and how their designs came to life or, in some cases, failed. It is the story of how America rose to world leadership through its unique ability to bring household conveniences and technological benefits to all, at reasonable cost, thus raising the nation's standard of living. Major technological developments and new materials that made innovative designs possible are also identified. For the industrial designer or student of design, this is a fantastic history of the profession, illustrating connections to invention, architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and business. Written by a distinguished industrial designer, the book offers a unique year-by-year chronology, "what was happening when" in design, and names its movers and shakers.

Strippers Stars Presidents

Author: Rita Zenzen Heck
ISBN: 061524890X
Size: 52.22 MB
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Strippers Stars Presidents from the Author: Rita Zenzen Heck. STRIPPERS STARS & PRESIDENTS covers my memories of interviewing movie stars as a high school journalist from Mel Torme to Danny Kaye; booking strippers with the Al Dvorin (later Elvis Presley's announcer) theatrical booking agency; working with Presidents Bush, Kennedy and Johnson; being a part of Glenn McCarthy's empire; relating to Jack Valenti; dating Jack Palance. This was my life with STRIPPERS STARS & PRESIDENTS.

One Good Turn

Author: Witold Rybczynski
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684867303
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One Good Turn from the Author: Witold Rybczynski. Traces the history of the screwdriver from a sketch in da Vinci's pad to a later patent and mass production.

Design And Destiny

Author: Philip S. Egan
Publisher: On the Mark Pubns
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Design And Destiny from the Author: Philip S. Egan.

Das Design Der Gesellschaft

Author: Stephan Moebius
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839414830
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Das Design Der Gesellschaft from the Author: Stephan Moebius. Fragen des Designs erfahren aktuell großes Interesse in einer Vielzahl kulturwissenschaftlicher Disziplinen. Im deutschsprachigen Raum wurden bisher jedoch kaum theoretische und methodische Ansätze zur Analyse der sozialen und kulturellen Funktionen von Design entwickelt. Das Buch schließt diese Lücke und versammelt erstmalig verschiedene kultursoziologische und -theoretische Zugänge, die Design als wichtigen Teil der ästhetischen Signatur von Gesellschaft sichtbar machen. Fallstudien zu sozialen und kulturellen Gebrauchskontexten, Praktiken des Entwurfs, Fetischisierungsprozessen und ethisch-politischen Fragen komplettieren ein anschauliches Bild vom Design der Gesellschaft. Den Schwerpunkt bilden dabei praxistheoretische Ansätze, artefakt- sowie affekttheoretische Perspektiven. Mit Beiträgen u.a. von Karl H. Hörning, Gert Selle, Aida Bosch, Albena Yaneva und Joachim Fischer.

Women S Work

Author: Sigrid Weltge Wortmann
Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)
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Women S Work from the Author: Sigrid Weltge Wortmann. Resurrecting the work of gifted craftswomen, too long denied their place as pioneers in their field, Women's Work: Textile Art from the Bauhaus unearths a missing chapter in the story of the most important institution in the history of modern design. The Bauhaus defined modern design in the twentieth century. As the preeminent design phenomenon of the era, almost every aspect of it has been minutely examined. Yet the Weaving Workshop, the longest standing and most successful of all Bauhaus workshops, has been neglected for one simple reason: when the first wave of brilliantly talented women arrived at the school, they soon discovered that Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius could not sustain his ringing declaration of equality between "the beautiful and the strong gender". Textiles, in the hierarchy of art and design, were to be "women's work". Their results, however, were remarkable, both in the early days of artistic expression in Weimar and in later developments in the textile industry. The craftswomen responded to the demands of advanced technology with fabrics that incorporated new or unusual materials such as Cellophane, leather and early synthetics, which had acoustic and light-reflecting properties. They produced multi-layered fabrics, cloths with double and triple weaves, and later made extensive use of the jacquard loom. The result was a rebirth of hand-weaving and new professionalism in designing textiles for mass production. In this model study, superlatively documented with rare or little-seen photographs of the textiles and their makers, Sigrid Wortmann Weltge captures the heady atmosphere of creative excitement at the Bauhaus. Original archival research and interviews, bothwith survivors and their students and with leading contemporary designers, detail the workshop's history and its enduring legacy. When the Nazis closed the institution in 1933, its members dispersed to Switzerland, Holland, England, France, Russia, Mexico, and throughout the United States; their ideals and influence live on in marvelous fabrics still being produced today.

Small Things Considered

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307427803
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Small Things Considered from the Author: Henry Petroski. Why has the durable paper shopping bag been largely replaced by its flimsy plastic counterpart? What circuitous chain of improvements led to such innovations as the automobile cup holder and the swiveling vegetable peeler? With the same relentless curiosity and lucid, witty prose he brought to his earlier books, Henry Petroski looks at some of our most familiar objects and reveals that they are, in fact, works in progress. For there can never be an end to the quest for the perfect design. To illustrate his thesis, Petroski tells the story of the paper drinking cup, which owes its popularity to the discovery that water glasses could carry germs. He pays tribute to the little plastic tripod that keeps pizza from sticking to the box and analyzes the numerical layouts of telephones and handheld calculators. Small Things Considered is Petroski at his most trenchant and provocative, casting his eye not only on everyday artifacts but on their users as well. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Art Of The Hollywood Backdrop

Author: Karen L. Maness
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1942872259
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The Art Of The Hollywood Backdrop from the Author: Karen L. Maness. The definitive behind-the-scenes history of one of Hollywood’s most closely guarded cinematic secrets finally revealed—painted backdrops and the scenic artists who brought them to the big screen. In almost every feature film of Hollywood’s golden age, from The Wizard of Oz to North by Northwest to Cleopatra to The Sound of Music, painted backings have convinced moviegoers that what they are seeing—whether the fantastic roads of Oz, the presidents of Mount Rushmore, or ancient Egyptian kingdoms—is absolutely real. These backings are at once intended to transport the audience and yet remain unseen for what they really are. The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop reveals the hidden world and creators of these masterpieces, long-guarded as a special effects secret by the major studios such as MGM, Warner Brothers, Universal, Columbia, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount. Despite the continued use of hand-painted backings in today’s films, including the big-budget Interstellar and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events among many others, digital technology is beginning to supplant the art form. In an effort to preserve the irreplaceable knowledge of scenic masters, Karen Maness and Richard Isackes, in collaboration with the Art Directors Guild, have compiled a definitive history of the craft, complete with interviews of the surviving artists. This is a rich undiscovered history—a history replete with competing art departments, dynastic scenic families, and origins stretching back to the films of Méliès, Edison, Sennett, Chaplin, and Fairbanks.

John Vassos

Author: Danielle Shapiro
ISBN: 9780816693405
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John Vassos from the Author: Danielle Shapiro. Based on the author's dissertation (Ph. D.)--Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University. 2005.

The Industrialization Of Design

Author: Carroll Gantz
Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub
ISBN: 9780786442546
Size: 70.35 MB
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The Industrialization Of Design from the Author: Carroll Gantz. "Industrial design is a fundamental component of the traditional consumer experience. This book traces the history of industrial design over three centuries, beginning with the eighteenth-century industrial revolution. It identifies the major figures, organizations, styles and evolutionary events of the profession"--