Encompassing the fields of architecture, graphics, industrial design, and interior design, this definitive account surveys structure from the prehistoric era and the ancient world, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and Modern Movement, to our digital age.
Design is the story of how all artificial things came into being; its history is as long as the history of humanity. A multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving that has always uniquely reflected humankind’s aspirations, needs, and desires, design has both shaped and mirrored the spirit of our times.
The Story of Design is a multifaceted account that is truly comprehensive in its scope, introducing the styles, movements, theories, materials, processes, technologies, pioneers, and companies that have shaped every significant design era. Contextualizing developments in design about broader social, cultural, and political concerns is an indispensable overview of creative enterprise in pursuing more functional, more beautiful, more effective objects, tools, and products.
Through authoritative text, careful analysis, and hundreds of exquisite illustrations leading authorities Charlotte and Peter Fiell uncover the fundamental importance of this unique yet all-encompassing creative activity, and assess its crucial role in the future of society.