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Design And Truth

Design And Truth [Kindle Edition]

Robert Grudin

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"'At a time when ethics and integrity are increasingly important in design, Grudin's perspective is particularly interesting... To him, design is - or should be - joyous, inclusive and empowering, 'an erotic pragmatism' which is 'fundamental to the survival of our humanity." (Alice Rawsthorn, International Herald Tribune)"

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“If good design tells the truth,” writes Robert Grudin in this path-breaking book on esthetics and authority, “poor design  tells a lie,  a lie usually related . . . to the  getting or  abusing of power.”

From the ornate cathedrals of Renaissance Europe to the much-maligned Ford Edsel of the late 1950s, all products of human design communicate much more than their mere intended functions. Design holds both psychological and moral power over us, and these forces may be manipulated, however subtly, to surprising effect. In an argument that touches upon subjects as seemingly unrelated as the Japanese tea ceremony, Italian mannerist painting, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello plantation, Grudin turns his attention to the role of design in our daily lives, focusing especially on how political and economic powers impress themselves on us through the built environment.

Although architects and designers will find valuable insights here, Grudin’s intended audience is not exclusively the trained expert but all those who use designs and live within them every day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (20 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038LB4LC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,047,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 16 Aug 2010
By Bradley E. Near - Published on
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Bob Grudin is one of my favorite authors. I've read everything he's published and you should too. A long essay here about how good design-whether it be a chair or foreign policy-can tell the truth and increase quality of life. He threads a lot of different examples in, with a dash of autobiography as usual, and produces another high quality work that gets you thinking and stays with you...the mark of a truly good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great writing... where are the picture? 9 Jan 2012
By Hugh J. Campbell - Published on
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This was a first for me and it angered me enough to write a bad review for an otherwise very good book. The author/publisher decided not to or could not get the rights to the images used in the print edition. For a book about design, one that refers to images to make a point, to not include the images is unforgivable. For Amazon to not warn buyers of that fact in the ad is even worse.

The writing itself is wonderful. Grudin's observations are well thought out and his ideas challenge some of the current thoughts about architecture and design. It is well worth the read, just make sure you get the print version.
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