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Wells Coates

Designer Biography

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...Architect and designer, born in Japan to Canadian parents, Coates later moved to London where he played a critical role in the promotion and application of Modernist design and architecture in Britain...

Canadian Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Canada’s abundance of natural resources has prompted the country to concentrate on developing primary rather than secondary manufacturing industries. Its British and French colonial origins and a close relationship with the neighboring...

BioWare (1995–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Canadian video game development company founded by three medical school graduates in 1995, heavily influential in the role-playing game (RPG) genre, BioWare launched multiple popular game titles including Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights...

Buxton, Bill (1949–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Canadian computer scientist and designer, Bill Buxton is principal researcher at Microsoft Research and is recognized as a pioneer in the field of human–computer interaction. Buxton is an outspoken proponent for innovation in design and he...

‘Prime Minister in the Home Department’: Female Gendered Identity in Colonial Upper Canada

British Women and Cultural Practices of Empire, 1770–1940

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018

Book Chapter

...John Langton to Thomas Langton, 28 July 1834, as cited in Anne Langton, A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada, ed. Hugh Hornby Langton (Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Company Ltd., 1964), 5.About that time the idea of emigration to Canada had taken hold...

McLuhan, Marshall (1911–80)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Marshall McLuhan (1911–80) was a Canadian philosopher who wrote about the increasing impact of technology and media on communication. His key and most-noted term was the “Global Village”; the concept that through increased use...

Introduction: Reassessing Design through Agency

John Potvin

John Potvin is Professor of Modern Art and Design History at Concordia University, Canada. He is the editor of Oriental Interiors (Bloomsbury 2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Design and Agency : Critical Perspectives on Identities, Histories, and Practices

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book Chapter

...In Chaise HIH (Honey I’m Home) from 2002, Montreal-based designer Cédric Sportes deploys the quotidian chair as a means to work through sociocultural issues, challenges, and stereotypes [Figure I.1]. First and foremost, as a piece...

Canadian National Industrial Design Committee (1948–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Originally called the Industrial Design Council (becoming the Committee in 1954), the Canadian National Industrial Design Committee was established in 1948 as an extension of the National Gallery of Canada. The Committee was intended...

Design Exchange, Toronto (1994–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Design Exchange is a design museum, which opened in Toronto in 1994. Following the closure of the federal agency Design Canada in 1985, a citizen group was set up called The Group for the Creation of a Design Centre in Toronto, which...

Gehry, Frank (1929–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Gehry is a Canadian-born architect and industrial designer, who employs innovative structural techniques to create unusual and often seemingly gravity defying forms. In 1949, he moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern...