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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 1st Edition edition (10 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192842048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842046
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 1.6 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twentieth-Century Design is extremely thoroughly researched (Art Review, April 1997)

for a good general introduction to the subject you could not go very far wrong with Jonathan Woodham's excellent Twentieth Century Design ... Yet another example of the impressive new Oxford History of Art series. (The Bookseller)

Fully and often surprisingly illustrated, carefully annotated and captioned, each combines a historical overview with a nicely opinionated individual approach. (Independent on Sunday)

Woodham gives a deftly organised, extremely cool-headed account of the ideological spoon-fights behind the product ranges of modern capitalism: his range of reference and eye for detail are superb. (The Guardian)

a superb piece of publishing (Rupert Christiansen, Spectator)

...a valuable contribution to the field of design studies, and it deserves careful attention. Woodham is one of many intelligent writers in the new wave of British design history. His likely to become a benchmark for measuring the aspirations and accomplishments of the movement. His book is a reasonable and valuable exploration of design history that is not easily falsified. - Richard Buchanan. Journal of Design History. Vol 11 1998.

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Jonathan M. Woodham is Director of the Design History Research Centre, University of Brighton, and Review Editor of Journal of Design History. His publications Twentieth-Century Ornament: Decoration from 1900 to the Present (Studio Vista, 1990).

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2004
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Gives a good review of the processes that governemnts in Europe and the US made towards increasing manufacturing output of mass goods. Considering the prevalence of design tv programmes and newspaper articles at the moment, it makes a refreshing change to see that some design historians acknowledge the problems of mass production and waste.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Hernandez on 7 Sept. 2013
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Very nice, I bought this as a used book already but it looked new when i got.

the delivery was also very quick got it in two days and it was secure with a card inside to stop the book from bending.
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"New" design history 30 Aug. 1999
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Since Hesketts "Industrial Design" from 1990, this is the best comprehensive introduction to the "new" Design History view on the parallel histories of design developments in this century.
It takes a relatively non-heroic attitude towards celebrated designers and design classics while trying to locate the meaning of design products in mass culture, lifestyles, corporations and consumption spheres instead of the designers "creative mind.
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Nice overview of 20th century design 15 Sept. 2010
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Each title in the Oxford History of Art series provides an overview to a particular time period, style or movement. This book focuses on 20th century design, including the design of interiors, furniture, textiles, graphics, and consumer goods from teapots to automobiles. The author describes the historical context at the beginning of the 20th century, as the industrial revolution changed the way things were made and used. He traces the development of different styles, from Arts & Crafts to post-modernism. A final chapter on social responsibility traces the ways in which designers have responded to consumer concerns throughout the century.

This book is generously illustrated, with many color images complementing the period black-and-white photographs and line drawings. It is a sturdy paperback with a strong binding. It would be useful to undergraduate students researching 20th century design, as well as general readers interested in the subject.
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Great price for required text 10 May 2013
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This was required reading for a college course and the price on Amazon was more than 50% off the bookstore price, even less than the bookstore's used book price. I now plan ahead and order all the books I can from Amazon. Amazon's buy back is great if your university book store won't buy it from you but I've been able to sell all my books locally after I used them
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Basically unreadable on screen 29 Oct. 2012
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Really bad DTP work from a publisher. Either buy paper version or skip this book. Really hard to read, publishers must learn not to treat ebook readers like a subprime readers.
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Good Book, Good conditions 29 Oct. 2010
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I love the book. It's full of usefull Knowledge and information.
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