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100 Ideas That Changed Design

Peter Fiell and Charlotte Fiell


100 Ideas That Changed Design chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped design thinking over the last century.

These all-important concepts have not only shaped the evolution of design throughout its history, but also continue to exert an enormous influence on contemporary design practice. Written by two renowned design experts, Charlotte and Peter Fiell, it provides a concise history of the subject, while offering a fascinating resource to dip into for the general reader.

The book asks readers to consider the origin of concepts such as:

  • The unification of architecture and design
  • The prioritizing of purpose in design
  • Allowing technology to shape products
  • Design guided by the theory and psychology of color
  • Implementing unified design solutions that take in the big picture

From the early historic origins of craft-based design to the blossoming of Modernism thanks to the design reform movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries together with the changes brought about by increasing industrialization and digitalization, this book traces the most important ideas in design. From ancient times through to the Industrial Revolution, and then on to the Modern Movement, the post-war consumer society and our own digital age, design ideas have fundamentally influenced the creation of our man-made world. And newer ideas, such as Parametricism and Open-Source Design, are bound to determine the future direction of our shared material culture.

Arranged in a broadly chronological order, the ideas are presented through fascinating text and arresting visuals, 100 Ideas that Changed Design explores when each idea first evolved and the subsequent impact it has had up to the present day.

Other books in the series include:

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Charlotte and Peter Fiell are leading authorities on the history, theory and criticism of design and have written over 50 books on the subject, many of which have gone on to become bestsellers. They have also lectured widely, guest taught courses and consulted to manufacturing companies, museums, salerooms and major private collectors around the world. Recent titles by the Fiells include The Story of Design: From the Palaeolithic to the Present, Design Museum: A to Z of Design and Designers and Modern Scandinavian Design.

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