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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241145309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241145302
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.1 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alice Rawsthorn is the design critic of the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times. Her weekly Design column is syndicated worldwide. A trustee of Arts Council England and the Whitechapel Gallery in London, she is chair of trustees at the Chisenhale Gallery and the author of an acclaimed biography of Yves Saint Laurent.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Marks on 27 Mar 2013
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This is a fantastic book. I've gone from knowing little about a subject I love, to feeling well informed and knowledgeable. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone with even just a faint interest in a topic that affects all our lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Fobert on 23 April 2013
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In 1983, after 2 years of architecture school, I gave me family a new christmas list: "whatever you buy me, just be certain it's by Braun". I wasn't sure then why everything about Braun products felt so right...but I certainly do now! HELLO WORLD takes us on an amazing journey through time and location, linking together elements of design that may be familiar to the seasoned designer, or completely unknow to a young student. Both will find its range of investigation, insight, and humour entirly worthwhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kitabu on 12 Jun 2013
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A fascinating treatise which looks at design not as a way of doing things but as a way of thinking. The author's approach, which examines the discipline by going back to first principles, is cool and analytical with a finely calibrated moral compass. But there is also wry humour and a keen sense of human foible. It provides plenty of food for thought (we know more about the aerodynamics of aircraft than the physics of spherical objects) as well as some fantastic anecdotal information - who knew that the poet Robert Browning first used the phrase 'less is more.' But, perhaps, it's key achievement is to establish a sophisticated tone of voice which allows non-designers to keep up with the arguments without reducing their complexity. Should be required reading for all design students.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mel Agace on 16 Mar 2013
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I am an avid follower of Miss Hawthorn's column in the Herald Tribune. I, like others, am constantly bombarded with cultural information and crave a steady reliable voice to navigate me through the importance of design, innovation and the connection between things. Finally she has pooled her extensive knowledge and curatorial experience to give us an accessible and exciting guide. Its a handy companion book, a beautifully crafted object, I wouldn't expect anything less from this design champion. Every design detail is considered carefully and thoughtfully literally inside out, a fitting reflection of her accumulated ideas and observations. Ideas that she so generously .lays out for an ordinary punter like myself

Christmas has come early, this is my second order as its a book I must gift my friends interested in the world around us, expect the amazon present through the post soon.
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