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Hello World: Where Design Meets Life [Hardcover]

Alice Rawsthorn
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7 Mar 2013

Hello World is Alice Rawsthorn's definitive guide to design and modern life

Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives. When deployed wisely, it can bring us pleasure, choice, strength, decency and much more. But if its power is abused, the outcome can be wasteful, confusing, humiliating, even dangerous. None of us can avoid being affected by design, whether or not we wish to. It is so ubiquitous that it determines how we feel and what we do, often without our noticing.

Hello World explores design's influence on our lives. Written by the renowned design critic Alice Rawsthorn and designed by the award-winning book designer Irma Boom, it describes how warlords, scientists, farmers, hackers, activists and designers have used design to different ends throughout history: from the macabre symbol invented by 18th century pirates to terrorise their victims into surrender, to one woman's quest for the best possible prosthetic legs and the evolution of the World Cup ball.

At a time when we face colossal changes, unprecedented in their speed, scale and intensity - from the deepening environmental crisis, to giant leaps in science and technology - Hello World explains how design can help us to make sense of them andto turn them to our advantage.

'Hello World is a new book by Alice Rawsthorn, the one and only, the best design critic in the entire world. She keeps the banner of design flying high. Irma Boom designed it, and Irma is simply the best book designer alive' Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Praise for Alice Rawsthorn's Yves Saint Laurent

'As gripping as a thriller, packed with plot, character and atmosphere' The Times

'Rawsthorn's excellent biography isn't merely a story about clothes, but of crises, comebacks and drug clinics, and as a document of the time it is compulsive' Evening Standard

'The best book I have ever read about the mesmerising cruelty of fashion' The Spectator

'Intelligent and pragmatic... this is a page-turner of a book' New Statesman

'What a story! A skilful interweaving of the artistic, business and emotional life of a great couture house' Mail on Sunday

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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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241145309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241145302
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,788 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Designtastic! 27 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The big picture on design (with incredible detail) 23 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 12 Jun 2013
By kitabu
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Design Classic 16 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover
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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