By Deyan Sudjic
A terrific exposé of the interplay among paintings, layout, and commerce.
In ?The Language of Things, ?the director of London's layout Museum charts our dating with all issues designed. With scintillating wit and one eye on the pleasures and hazards of rampant consumerism, Deyan Sudjic takes us from luxurious motor vehicle advertisements to smooth ads for differences due to the season of the Prada handbag to the hype surrounding the newest model of the iPhone, exploring how we're manipulated and seduced by means of our possessions. Who would've concept that it is the refined visible similarity among the Volkswagen golfing GTI and the barrel of an automated pistol that makes humans are looking to get in the back of the wheel? And why is it that electronic cameras in mobile phones "click" even if they do not have a shutter? Sudjic's illuminating argument will resound with a person who has ever been laid low with how issues look—lured, in different phrases, by way of the robust siren name of design.
seventy one black-and-white and five colour illustrations
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