4th Edition

An Introduction to Design and Culture 1900 to the Present

By Penny Sparke Copyright 2020
    328 Pages 108 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 108 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    An Introduction to Design and Culture provides a comprehensive guide to the changing relationships between design and culture from 1900 to the present day with an emphasis on five main themes:

    • Design and consumption
    • Design and technology
    • The design profession
    • Design theory
    • Design and identities.

    This fourth edition extends the traditional definition of design as covering product design, furniture design, interior design, fashion design and graphic design to embrace its more recent manifestations, which include service design, user-interface design, co-design, and sustainable design, among others. It also discusses the relationship between design and the new media and the effect of globalisation on design.

    Taking a broadly chronological approach, Professor Sparke employs historical methods to show how these themes developed through the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century and played a role within modernism, postmodernism and beyond. Over a hundred illustrations are used throughout to demonstrate the breadth of design and examples – among them design in Modern China, the work of Apple Computers Ltd., and design thinking – are used to elaborate key ideas. The new edition remains essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of design studies, cultural studies and visual arts.

    Introduction: Design and Culture revisited

    PART I: Design and Modernity, 1900-1945

    1. Consuming Modernity
    2. The Impacts of Technology
    3. The Designer for Industry
    4. Modernism and Design
    5. Designing Identities
    6. PART II: Design and Post-modernity, 1945-1990

    7. Consuming Post-modernity
    8. Technology and Design, a New Alliance
    9. Designer-culture
    10. Post-modernism and Design
    11. Redesigning Identities

      PART III: Designing the New Century, 1990 to the present

    13. Consumer Culture at the Millenium
    14. Design in the Digital Age
    15. New Designers
    16. Theory and Practice in the New Century
    17. Designing Identities in a Globalised World


    Penny Sparke is a Professor of Design History and the Director of  Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University, London. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century design and the modern interior with a special interest in the role of gender.