History of Design


design, plan or arrangement of line, form, mass, color, and space in a pattern. A design may be created to serve a functional purpose as in architecture and in industrial designs or else purely to provide aesthetic pleasure. The design may refer to preparatory stages for a work of art (see drawing; cartoon) or it may be extended to include the compositional elements in a finished work of art.

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History of Design: Selected full-text books and articles

Graphic Style: From Victorian to Digital By Steven Heller; Seymour Chwast Harry N. Abrams, 2000 (New edition)
Graphic Arts in the Twentieth Century By Wolf Stubbe Frederick A. Praeger, 1963
Women's Places: Architecture and Design 1860-1960 By Brenda Martin; Penny Sparke Routledge, 2003
Making the American Home: Middle-Class Women & Domestic Material Culture, 1840-1940 By Marilyn Ferris Motz; Pat Browne Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1988
A Philosophy of Interior Design By Stanley Abercrombie Harper & Row, 1990
The Changing Consumer: Markets and Meanings By Steven Miles; Alison Anderson; Kevin Meethan Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Consuming Design, Consuming Retro"
Homemaking and the Aesthetic and Moral Perimeters of the Soviet Home during the Khrushchev Era By Varga-Harris, Christine Journal of Social History, Vol. 41, No. 3, Spring 2008
A New Design Philosophy: An Introduction to Defuturing By Tony Fry University of New South Wales Press, 1999
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