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Products of Our Time [Paperback]

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A book about design in an age of technological revolution. It explores our relationship with the objects which surround us, arguing that contemporary design---from plastic surgery to Prozac, from landmines to Tamagotchis---is instant cultural history: a window through which we can observe ourselves and perhaps even make sense of our world. Products of Our Time categorises design in the 1990s into a number of key themes. It tracks the move from cheap, 'no-brand' supermarket goods to the up-market minimalism of much of today's packaging; it examines the way in which design is used to create our own identity, including the ways in which we pierce, decorate and change the design of our own bodies; and it looks at the design of electronic objects and the ways in which technology reflects a cultural drift towards violence and high speed. Published to coincide with a major international touring exhibition, starting in Glasgow from November 1999 to February 2000.

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN  3764362340  
ISBN13  9783764362348  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Redhead is a writer specializing in design, business, and the visual arts. He is a contributing editor of "Blueprint, the former editor of "Design magazine, and a columnist for "Design Week.

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A Macro View of Contemporary Conditions  Apr 22, 2002
This book is not your typical survey of recent products. Redhead delivers an intelligent, insightful and concise snapshot of contemporary design as a field that not only attempts to manipulate materials and technologies, but increasingly tries to link ideas, form and context to tell compelling stories. Far from dry theory, this book is loaded with color photos of real-world examples that connect abstract (sometimes subversive) ideas with tangible products.

With chapters entitled `Basics', "More', `Control', Identity', and `Crisis'- the author decodes the products of the 90's by classifying them according to cultural message rather than market or object category. Like an archeologist, Redhead sifts through consumer products, media messages and environments to frame the broad social, psychological, economic, and ontological patterns of contemporary design. Through this macro view, he describes the dialogue between OBJECTS and SUBJECTS that drives our material culture.

A provocative and quick read for art and design students exploring the complex, and often contradictory, cultural conditions in which we communicate.

Scott Klinker, Head 3D Design
Cranbrook Academy of Art

quick buy, quick read, the biopsy of the manufactured IMAGE  Mar 13, 2001
this is a great quick pickup and read it in a single sitting book. If you are remotely involved in trend analysis, Product Design or just have an open eye this book wraps around most exclamations and observations you have about our imagefull world. Very well written, fast paced and interesting. It blends the imaginative and 'hmmm that is what I thought' of our everyday cut to style ready to eat culture.

eric fraser


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