Vance Packard (1914 – 1996) was an American writer who brought many of the less favourable effects of consumerism in the developed world to the public’s attention in a straightforward manner. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 1936, he started his career as a journalist writing for several newspapers and the Associated Press before becoming the editor of American magazine from 1942 to 1946.
In 1957, he published The Hidden Persuaders, a vehement assault on the American advertising industry. He exposed how behavioural psychologists, colour consultants, and others could convince people to purchase goods they didn’t want or need. The Waste Makers: A Startling Revelation of Planned Obsolescence (1960), The Naked Society (1964), and The People Shapers (1965) were among the works that followed (1977). Packard was a member of a long line of critics of capitalist culture, stretching from John Ruskin and William Morris in the nineteenth century to Naomi Klein in the twenty-first.
Woodham, J. M. (2006). A dictionary of modern design. Oxford University Press.
You may be interested in
The origins of the CSD lay in the creation in 1930 of the Society of Industrial Artists (SIA) in Britain, when the public debate was concerned with the nature and definition of both the designer and the design profession. The manufacturing industry and the business community were generally sceptical of the potential economic benefits that design investment could deliver.
Roger Fry was a British painter, writer, art critic, designer, and lecturer. He was born in London. Between 1885 – 1890, he studied natural sciences, Cambridge University, and Académie Julian, Paris, 1892. He wrote articles for the Athenaeum and Burlington Magazine. He published his first book on Giovanni Bellini (1899).