Design, History and Time

Design, History and Time: New Temporalities in a Digital Age

by Zoë Hendon

Zoë Hendon is Head of Collections at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, UK. She has published articles in the Journal of Decorative Arts and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Design History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Anne Massey

Anne Massey is Professor of Design and Culture at London College of Communication, UK. She is the author and editor of a number of books, including Pop Art and Design (2017) and Hollywood Beyond the Screen (2000). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019
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    978-1-3500-6065-4 (hardback)

    978-1-3500-6066-1 (epub)

    978-1-3500-6067-8 (epdf)

    978-1-3500-6068-5 (online)
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    First edition
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Design, History and Time reflects on the nature of time in relation to design, in both past and contemporary contexts. In contrast to a traditional design historical approach which emphasises schools and movements, this volume addresses time as a continuum and considers the importance of temporality for design practice and history.

Contributors address how designers, design historians and design thinkers might respond to the global challenges of time, the rhythms of work, and the increasing speed of life and communication between different communities. They consider how the past informs the present and the future in terms of design; the importance of time-based design practices such as rapid prototyping and slow design, time in relation to memory and forgetting, and artefacts such as the archive for which time is key, and ponder the design of time itself.

Showcasing the work of fifteen design scholars from a range of international contexts, the book provides an essential text for thinking about changing attitudes to the temporal.