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Introduction to Volume 1

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The time span covered in this volume is far greater than in the subsequent two volumes. It begins several million years ago and ends with World War I. The earliest actors in this saga of design’s history are not even human. They belong...

Adam, Ken (1921–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Adam is a production designer, born in Berlin, Germany, although his family moved to Britain in 1933 following the rise to power of the Nazi Party. Adam trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Having served...

Anonymous Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The concept of anonymous design is a corrective to the engagement with designer names, styles, and movements that are generally seen as an integral part of design culture. Many “designed” objects whether handcrafted or industrial produced...

Assemblage

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...An assemblage is a group of material things, animals, and/or people that might not be closely related but are held together in a loose amalgamation. The term is variably used to refer to collage-like art works which combine various objects...

Clients

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...A person or body in charge of procuring products or services is called a client. Design clients can be manufacturers or suppliers of products or services, publishers or communication agencies, public or private care providers or any other...

Comfort

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Originally, comfort referred only to relations between people, but within modernity it extended to material things and is now associated with a condition of physical ease. Many scientific studies have sought to define absolute parameters...

Computer Hardware Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Hardware design is a field between engineering and design. In the computer engineering industry, the word hardware is generally used to separate hardware from software design. In engineering disciplines, hardware design refers...

Eyewear Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The fact that you bought your eyeglasses at an optometrist situated at the local mall, rather than at a hospital is important. In our contemporary reality, we distance our eyesight impairment from other physical disabilities...

Web Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Web design is commonly used as a reference to the front-end aspects of a website: that is, the content, color, pictures, and interactions that one experiences when accessing any uniform resource locator (URL) on the World Wide Web. The term...

Transit-Oriented Development

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Transit-oriented Development (TOD) refers to an urban planning strategy that encourages development of mixed-use, residential, and commercial areas close to and well-served by public transport systems. A TOD consists of a public transit...