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Design as Art (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Bruno Munari
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25 Sep 2008 Penguin Modern Classics

One of the last surviving members of the futurist generation, Bruno Munari's Design as Art is an illustrated journey into the artistic possibilities of modern design translated by Patrick Creagh published as part of the 'Penguin on Design' series in Penguin Modern Classics.

'The designer of today re-establishes the long-lost contact between art and the public, between living people and art as a living thing'

Bruno Munari was among the most inspirational designers of all time, described by Picasso as 'the new Leonardo'. Munari insisted that design be beautiful, functional and accessible, and this enlightening and highly entertaining book sets out his ideas about visual, graphic and industrial design and the role it plays in the objects we use everyday. Lamps, road signs, typography, posters, children's books, advertising, cars and chairs - these are just some of the subjects to which he turns his illuminating gaze.

How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever.

Bruno Munari (1907-1998), born in Milan, was the enfant terrible of Italian art and design for most of the twentieth century, contributing to many fields of both visual (paint, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphics) and non-visual arts (literature, poetry). He was twice awarded the Compasso d'Oro design prize for excellence in his field.

If you enjoyed Design as Art, you might like John Berger's Ways of Seeing, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'One of the most influential designers of the twentieth century ... Munari has encouraged people to go beyond formal conventions and stereotypes by showing them how to widen their perceptual awareness'

International Herald Tribune


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (25 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141035811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141035819
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruno Munari was an Italian artist and designer, who contributed in many fields of both visual (paint, scultpture, film, industrial design, graphics) and non-visual arts (literature, poetry.)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiration for any brief/project 30 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
Very good book, filled up with loads of inspiration for any project/brief no matter what discipline of art and design you study. Would recommend to any student or even designer 5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 28 May 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a great book to read for both students of design and designers themselves. It goes back to basics and uses non-complicated language to talk about the fundamentals of the industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 1 Aug 2011
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Essential must-read book for Industrial Design students. You are going to learn to make things better. No regrets about this purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great little read 5 July 2011
By Miss W
Format:Paperback
I bought this as a present for a designer and it was very well received. Well written and informative and still relevant even though it is not a new book. I believe it covers a few of the classic design items.
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