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Henry Dreyfuss

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...Dreyfuss was an American industrial designer active between the 1920s and late 1960s, who was one of the key pioneers of streamlining in design. Born into a family connected with the supply of materials for the theater in Brooklyn, New...

The modern American telephone as a contested technological thing, 1920–39

Encountering Things : Design and Theories of Things

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book Chapter

...“What would happen, I wonder, if we tried to talk about the object of science and technology, the Gegenstand, as if it had the rich and complicated qualities of the celebrated Thing?”In his essay “The Matter of Materialism,” Bill Brown...

Dreyfuss, Henry (1904–72)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Dreyfuss was an American industrial designer active between the 1920s and late 1960s, who was one of the key pioneers of streamlining in design. Born into a family connected with the supply of materials for the theater in Brooklyn, New...

New York World’s Fair (1939–40)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...The New York’s World’s Fair of 1939 was organized in the midst of the first truly global economic crisis that shook societies all over the world. The Fair could be seen as one of the unofficial projects of Roosevelt’s New Deal, striving...

Telephone

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...The design history of the telephone follows that of many technologically advanced domestic products. At its commercial introduction in 1877 telephone design adopted the “mahogany and lacquered brass” aesthetic used for scientific equipment....

Design for Disability

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Design for disability concerns the development of designed products from a human-centered perspective, to enable people with disabilities to be empowered citizens in society. Design for disability concerns designing the appropriate...

Instituut voor Industriële Vormgeving (IIV) (Institute of Industrial Design) (1950–76)

Javier Gimeno-Martínez

Javier Gimeno-Martínez is an assistant professor at the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His work has been published in various journals including ‘Interiors’ and ‘Design and Culture’, and he has contributed chapters to several edited volumes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...The Dutch Instituut voor Industriële Vormgeving (IIV) (Institute of Industrial Design) was a state-funded organization founded in 1950. It was set up by three employers’ federations and was subsidized both by the Ministry of Economic...

Princess Telephone, USA

Lasse Brunnström

Lasse Brunnström is Emeritus Professor of Design History at HDK - School of Design and Crafts, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He contributed a chapter on the Princess telephone to 'Iconic Designs: 50 Stories About 50 Things' (Bloomsbury, 2014) and has published books on subjects including telephone design and industrial design. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Iconic Designs : 50 Stories about 50 Things

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2014

Book Chapter

...Princess Telephone on the cover of the Bell magazine, The Transmitter, September-October 1960 Courtesy of the Porticus Centre, Beatrice Technologies, Inc , subsidiary of Beatrice Companies, Inc...

Product Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Product design is all about improving the quality of life through the design and development of new products and services. From motorcycles to mobile phones, product designers create products which are attractive, desirable, and satisfying...

Streamlining

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...An approach to design and a style that was popular in the 1930s, streamlining has its origins in nineteenth-century studies that looked to nature in order to find ways to reduce wind resistance in manufactured objects. It did not gain...