In her introduction, Grace Lees-Maffei explores the idea of iconicity and what makes a design ‘iconic’, and fifty essays by leading design and cultural critics address the development of each iconic ‘thing’, its innovative and unique qualities, and its journey to classic status.
Subjects range from the late 19th century to the present day, and include the Sydney Opera House, the Post-It Note, Coco Chanel’s classic suit, the Sony Walkman, Hello Kitty, Helvetica, the Ford Model T, Harry Beck’s diagrammatic map of the London Underground and the Apple iMac G3.
This handsome volume provides a treasure trove of ‘stories’ that will shed new light on the iconic designs that we use without thinking, aspire to possess, love or hate (or love to hate) and which form part of the fabric of our everyday lives.
Grace Lees-Maffei is Reader in Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, UK and is co-editor of The Design History Reader (Bloomsbury 2010) and Made in Italy (Bloomsbury 2013). She is also the editor of Writing Design (Bloomsbury 2011) and Design at Home (2013).
Iconic Designs is published by Bloomsbury Publishing and is available at all leading book retailers including Bookworld.
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