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An Introduction to Design and Culture

1900 to the Present, 4th Edition

By Penny Sparke


380 pages | 108 Color Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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 in Crisis
  14. Design in the Digital Age
  15. New Designers
  16. Theory and Practice in the New Century
  17. Designing Identities in a Globalised World

About the Author

Penny Sparke is a Professor of Design History and Director, 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DESIGN / History & Criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies