The Language of Things, Understanding the World of Desirable Objects

The Language of Things, Understanding the World of Desirable Objects

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WW Norton
In The Language of Things, the director of London's Design Museum charts our relationship with all things designed. With scintillating wit and an eye for the pleasures and dangers of rampant consumerism, Deyan Sudjic takes us from luxury car commercials to glossy advertisements for seasonal variations of the Prada purse to the hype surrounding the latest version of the iPhone, exploring how we are manipulated and seduced by our possessions. Who would've thought that it's the subtle visual similarity between the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the barrel of an automatic pistol that makes people want to get behind the wheel? And why is it that digital cameras in cell phones "click" even though they don't have a shutter? Sudjic's illuminating argument will resound with anyone who has ever been affected by how things look—lured, in other words, by the powerful siren call of design.

Baker & Taylor
Explores humanity's susceptibility to the latest, hottest, and most expensive gadgets on sale, revealing how designer products evince luxury and discussing the gray area between design and art.

Norton Pub
A brilliant exposé of the interaction between art, design, and commerce.
In ?The Language of Things, ?the director of London's Design Museum charts our relationship with all things designed. With scintillating wit and an eye for the pleasures and dangers of rampant consumerism, Deyan Sudjic takes us from luxury car commercials to glossy advertisements for seasonal variations of the Prada purse to the hype surrounding the latest version of the iPhone, exploring how we are manipulated and seduced by our possessions. Who would've thought that it's the subtle visual similarity between the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the barrel of an automatic pistol that makes people want to get behind the wheel? And why is it that digital cameras in cell phones "click" even though they don't have a shutter? Sudjic's illuminating argument will resound with anyone who has ever been affected by how things look—lured, in other words, by the powerful siren call of design.

Baker
& Taylor

Sudjic charts our relationship--both innocent and knowing--with all things designed. From the opulent excesses of the catwalk to the playfulness of an Alessi jam jar, he shows how we can be manipulated and seduced by our possessions. With scintillating wit he addresses these questions and more, exploring the reasons why every designer yearns to put a personal stamp on a chair or an adjustable lamp, and where design ends and art begins.--From publisher description.
A report on the interaction between creativity and commerce explores humanity's susceptibility to the latest, hottest, and most expensive gadgets on sale today, revealing the ways in which designer products are made to evince luxury while exploring the gray area between design and art.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393070811
0393070816
Branch Call Number: 745.401 SUDJI
Characteristics: 208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2008 by Allen Lane."

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