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Design Discourse

History, Theory, Criticism

Although design infuses every object in the material world and gives form to immaterial processes as well, it is only recently that design itself has become the focus of intellectual debate. In Design Discourse, Victor Margolin gathers together a body of new writing in the emerging field of design studies. The contributors argue in different ways for a rethinking of design in light of its cultural significance and its powerful position in today’s society.

302 pages | 71 halftones, 30 line drawings | 7 x 10 | © 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989

Art: Art Criticism


Table of Contents

Introduction by Victor Margolin
Maurizio Vitta
The Meaning of Design
Andrea Branzi
We Are the Primitives
Maurizio Morgantini
Man Confronted by the Third Technological Generation
François Burkhardt
Tendencies of German Design Theories in the Past Fifteen Years
Gert Selle
There is No Kitsch, There is Only Design!
Marco Diani
The Social Design of Office Automation
Abraham A. Moles
The Comprehensive Guarantee: A New Consumer Value
Richard Buchanan
Declaration by Design: Rhetoric, Argument, and Demonstration in Design Practice
Dieter Rams
Omit the Unimportant
Richard Porch
The Digital Watch: Tribal Bracelet of the Consumer Society
Abraham A. Moles
The Legibility of the World: A Project of Graphic Design
Robin Kinross
The Rhetoric of Neutrality
Ellen Lupton
Reading Isotype
Frances C. Butler
Eating the Image: The Graphic Designer and the Starving Audience
Jack H. Williamson
The Grid: History, Use, and Meaning
Hanno H.J. Ehses
Representing Macbeth: A Case Study in Visual Rhetoric
Clive Ashwin
Drawing, Design and Semiotics
Clive Dilnot
The State of Design History, Part I: Mapping the Field
Clive Dilnot
The State of Design History, Part II: Problems and Possibilities
Cheryl Buckley
Made in Patriarchy: Toward a Feminist Analysis of Women and Design
Postwar Design Literature: A Preliminary Mapping by Victor Margolin
List of Contributors

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