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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press (14 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468310054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468310054
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Hello World" maps and describes contemporary design with flair, passion, clarity and perspective, smartly connecting its most technologically advanced 'mutant' expressions with centuries-old examples and thus with tradition. We were all missing this book. Alice Rawsthorn has succeeded where everyone else has failed: she has written a page-turner about design." --Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art
"Panoramic in scope, passionately argued and highly addictive to read, "Hello World "is an indispensable guide to design. Seamlessly integrating vivid accounts of contemporary practice with historic precedents, Alice Rawsthorn's book will be an essential reference for decades to come. "Hello World" is an invaluable toolbox for the twenty-first century." --Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London
Praise for "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 mesmerizing cruelty of fashion." --"The Spectator"
"Intelligent and pragmatic . . . This is a page-turner of a book." --"New Statesman"
"In a world saturated with ill-considered things, "Hello World" is a real wakeup call: a diverse and impassioned survey of why design matters. And Alice Rawsthorn practices what she preaches. Her on-point writing marries beautifully with Irma Boom's typography, resulting in a truly satisfying object."--Glenn Adamson, director of the Museum of Art and Design, New York
"Alice Rawsthorn constructs a meticulous living history of design, bridging the everyday and the extraordinary with equal parts precision and poetics."--Maria Popova, founder and editor of BrainPickings.org
"Making links across centuries of life-enhancing designs, and taking on the difficult task of defining the expansive world of contemporary design, "Hello World" is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the complex but essential role that design plays in daily life." --Zoe Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago

"Hello World" maps and describes contemporary design with flair, passion, clarity and perspective, smartly connecting its most technologically advanced mutant expressions with centuries-old examples and thus with tradition. We were all missing this book. Alice Rawsthorn has succeeded where everyone else has failed: she has written a page-turner about design. Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art
Panoramic in scope, passionately argued and highly addictive to read, "Hello World "is an indispensable guide to design. Seamlessly integrating vivid accounts of contemporary practice with historic precedents, Alice Rawsthorn s book will be an essential reference for decades to come. "Hello World" is an invaluable toolbox for the twenty-first century. Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London
Praise for "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 mesmerizing cruelty of fashion. "The Spectator"
Intelligent and pragmatic . . . This is a page-turner of a book. "New Statesman"
"In a world saturated with ill-considered things, "Hello World" is a real wakeup call: a diverse and impassioned survey of why design matters. And Alice Rawsthorn practices what she preaches. Her on-point writing marries beautifully with Irma Boom's typography, resulting in a truly satisfying object." Glenn Adamson, director of the Museum of Art and Design, New York
"Alice Rawsthorn constructs a meticulous living history of design, bridging the everyday and the extraordinary with equal parts precision and poetics." Maria Popova, founder and editor of BrainPickings.org
"Making links across centuries of life-enhancing designs, and taking on the difficult task of defining the expansive world of contemporary design, "Hello World" is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the complex but essential role that design plays in daily life." Zoe Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago"

About the Author

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. The former director of London s Design Museum, she is also the author of an acclaimed biography of Yves Saint Laurent."


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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2014
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Despite the rather odd title, this is an overview of Design history, with a capital ‘D’. So it goes from Thonet and his bentwood chairs, to Dieter Rams and his work at Braun, to Jony Ive and his work at Apple. There are also a few interesting diversions to less familiar territory to illustrate general points. It reads like a decent set of lectures, or a tv documentary on the subject.

Personally I thought the introductory chapter was dismal, with its talk of a mobile phone being more powerful than a bulldozer. Well I know what I would want if I were building a motorway. However once past the introduction the book really does hit its stride. There is a bit of personal conjecture and viewpoints, but largely this is a by the book account. The author clearly has not real aptitude for modern technology, muddling up hardware and software, but the relevant chapter is decently researched.

Within the constraints of a book about Design, so there is no architecture, and precious little on the no name designs that make up 99% of everything out there, this is a very readable and engaging book. Those more familiar with the topic may find the insanely personal and opinionated The Language of Things by Deyan Sudjic a more thought provoking read, but this is a very readable and serviceable introduction to the topic.

For Kindle the presentation is straightforward and professional, with a series of black and white photos at the end of the book.
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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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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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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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Apparently not. I was sure such a badly designed book on design could only be a deliberate attempt to make the reader painfully aware of the need for good design and what happens when you mismatch the subject with its object. It's a squat little book with a blurred and unreadable type design for its title, with presumably quite deliberate faulty colour registration. Text is unjustified, pages have no margins, poor paper quality and, most amazing of all, are the irrelevant, seemingly arbitrarily selected, largely fuzzy, archive black and white photos of old computers, bullock carts, chickens etc. and the complete absence of illustrated examples of design leaving you dependent on prose descriptions of angles, colours and materials - a bit like trying to learn origami by radio. But despite that clearly a serious, authoritative and impassioned series of essays, just lacking the appropriately designed context for a wider audience.
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