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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581153104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581153101
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Carma R. Gorman is Carma R. Gorman earned her doctorate in art history at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she teaches courses on the history of art and design. She is the acting president of Design Forum, an affiliated society of the College Art Association, and has published articles on early twentieth-century design in Design Issues and Winterthur Portfolio. She lives in Carbondale, Illinois..


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To come to causes nearer at hand which produced the International Exhibition, and placed in this country that first of the long series of Exhibitions, which I have no doubt will follow, I think must be named Free Trade, or, to substitute Latin for Saxon words, "unrestricted competition." Read the first page
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This anthology is the first to focus on the history of industrial design, providing essays written by designers, policy makers, critics and historians on the topic. From the introduction of industrial design in the 1850s to its present mass production, this provides a fine selection of writings by Nader, Fuller, Wright and other leaders in the field.
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Unexpected Home-run Dec 3 2012
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This book surprised me. Not only does it give you a glimpse at what designers have debated since the dawn of time, it also gives a very interesting view of how politics, design and manufacturing are so closely tied and how views have evolved over time. I love this book.
Surprisingly interesting Dec 5 2014
By JakeNLeelo - Published on
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I purchased this book for a design class and I was actually very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. We were assigned to read a few of the excerpts for each class and I really came to understand more about how design and the values of life have changed over time. Really interesting read.
All the great works of design thought and writing May 28 2014
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There's nothing better than reading the canonical writings of some of the most brilliant minds in design. Gorman has successfully curated a collection which is both informative and relevant; all this despite the age of some of the writings.
Great reader Sept. 26 2012
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This book was unavailable at the college bookstore and the was a life saver! Easy to find and buy, and like the kindle, all unfamiliar vocabulary can be looked up easily, as you go along.
Good read! Oct. 5 2013
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Tons of great writings in here! I enjoy reading them immensely. Recommend this book to anyone interested in the field of industrial design