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When… Really Works - All books in this series

Design is something that many of us rarely think about, yet it pervades every aspect of our lives from the clothes we wear to the simple items we use every day, like the spoon and toothbrush. When Design Really Works takes a deeper look at the objects that enrich our lives through the examination of 80 classic designs that have stood the test of time through the centuries. Selected by the expert eye of distinguished art and design historian Susie Hodge, the entries in this book include stunning, full-color images and fascinating analysis of:

  • The Polaroid camera
  • The stiletto shoe
  • The Zippo lighter
  • The Coca-Cola contour glass bottle
  • The safety pin

Divided into ten categories—from beauty and communication to convenience and expression—the defining qualities of each design is dissected to draw the reader’s attention to the aspects that have made it so successful for so long. Biographies of the featured designers, including locations of their key works, round out this compact yet comprehensive guide.

From the Reviews:
“The author is knowledgeable and prolific. Although the book is an engrossing choice for the general public, it’s almost essential for anyone teaching industrial/commercial design units. It is an important resource for those who are designing for the future.”
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About The Author:
Susie Hodge
lectures regularly on art and design history in various institutions. She is the author more than 60 books, and contributes regularly to magazines and Internet resources for various museums and galleries.

Paperback / 224 Pages / 7 x 5 / 2014


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