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World History of Design

World History of Design, Volume 1: Prehistoric Times to World War I

by Victor Margolin

Victor Margolin is Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a founding editor and now co-editor of the academic design journal Design Issues. His many books include: The Designed World: images, objects, environments; The Politics of the Artificial: Essays on Design; Design Discourse: history, theory, criticism; Discovering Design: explorations in design studies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474246194
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4725-6650-8 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-4619-4 (online)

    978-1-4725-6894-6 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
World History of Design
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This is the first volume of the World History of Design, the definitive historical account of global design by pre-eminent design scholar Victor Margolin.

The first volume explores the earliest cave art and human tools, including the key examples of the visual and material culture that were produced in all parts of the world from the first stages of human civilization, the Industrial Revolution and its aftermath, and finally World War I.