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Design as art

Author: Bruno Munari; Patrick Creagh
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2008. ©1971
Series: Penguin modern classics.
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Bruno Munari was among the most inspirational designers of all time, described by Picasso as 'the new Leonardo'. Munari insisted that design be beautiful, functional and accessible, and this enlightening and highly entertaining book sets out his ideas about visual, graphic and industrial design and the role it plays in the objects we use everyday. Lamps, road signs, typography, posters, children's books,  Read more...

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Named Person: Bruno Munari
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruno Munari; Patrick Creagh
ISBN: 9780141035819 0141035811
OCLC Number: 966049618
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Notes: Originally published (in Italian) by Editori Laterza, 1966.
Description: 223 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Contents: Preface : The useless machines --
Design as art --
Designers and stylists : what is a designer? ; Pure and applied ; A living language ; A rose is a rose is a ; The stylists ; Mystery art --
Visual design : Character building ; The shape of words ; Poems and telegrams ; Two in one ; A language of signs and symbols? ; 12,000 different colors --
Graphic design : Poster with a central image ; Poster without end ; Children's books --
Industrial design : Micro-art ; How one lives in a traditional Japanese house ; What is bamboo? ; A spontaneous form ; A prismatic lamp ; Wear and teat ; Orange, peas and rose ; A piece of travelling sculpture ; Luxuriously appointed gentlemen's apartments ; Knives, forks, and spoons ; And that's not all ; Fancy goods --
Research design : Iris ; Growth and explosion ; Concave-convex forms ; The tetracone ; Yang-yin ; Moiré ; Direct projection ; Projections with polarized light ; The square ; The circle ; An arrow can lose its feathers but not its point ; Theoretical reconstruction of imaginary objects ; Exercises in topology, or rubber-sheet geometry ; Two fountains, nine spheres --
Appendix : the machines of my childhood (1924).
Series Title: Penguin modern classics.
Other Titles: Arte come mestiere.
Responsibility: Bruno Munari ; translated by Patrick Creagh.


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