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.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

History of Design: Selected full-text books and articles

An Introduction to Design and Culture in the Twentieth Century
Penny Sparke.
Harper & Row, 1986
Graphic Style: From Victorian to Digital
Steven Heller; Seymour Chwast.
Harry N. Abrams, 2000 (New edition)
Graphic Arts in the Twentieth Century
Wolf Stubbe.
Frederick A. Praeger, 1963
The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design
Paul Betts.
University of California Press, 2004
Women's Places: Architecture and Design 1860-1960
Brenda Martin; Penny Sparke.
Routledge, 2003
High Victorian Design: A Study of the Exhibits of 1851
Nikolaus Pevsner.
Architectural Press, 1951
Wild Things: The Material Culture of Everyday Life
Judy Attfield.
Berg, 2000
Making the American Home: Middle-Class Women & Domestic Material Culture, 1840-1940
Marilyn Ferris Motz; Pat Browne.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1988
The Making of the Modern Kitchen: A Cultural History
June Freeman.
Berg, 2004
A Philosophy of Interior Design
Stanley Abercrombie.
Harper & Row, 1990
The Changing Consumer: Markets and Meanings
Steven Miles; Alison Anderson; Kevin Meethan.
Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Consuming Design, Consuming Retro"
Style and Socialism: Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe
Susan E. Reid; David Crowley.
Berg, 2000
A Treasury of Scandinavian Design
Erik Zahle.
Golden Press, 1961
Homemaking and the Aesthetic and Moral Perimeters of the Soviet Home during the Khrushchev Era
Varga-Harris, Christine.
Journal of Social History, Vol. 41, No. 3, Spring 2008
Women in the Nineteenth-Century Art World: Schools of Art and Design for Women in London and Philadelphia
F. Graeme Chalmers.
Greenwood Press, 1998
A New Design Philosophy: An Introduction to Defuturing
Tony Fry.
University of New South Wales Press, 1999
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