Design history in a nutshell

animation, design, learning, media This video is one of a series of six that I've been involved with as author in a project with the Open University to create a series of six two-minute videos for free access on the Open Learn website. The videos take a light-hearted approach to explain some of the key movements in design history: Gothic Revival, Arts & Crafts, The Bauhaus, Modernism, American Industrial Design, and Post-Modernism. There's also an overarching narrative that quietly demonstrates that until recent times designers and design thinkers were absolutely central to shaping and influending societal attitudes, economies, cultural values, morals and models of consumption.Perhaps the time has come for designers once again to speak up and act as influential forces for change! To round things off, there's also a short quiz (6…
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Exquisitely dull

design, media
As a few that know me will attest, I’m no fan of the Apple organisation, but as a designer myself I do like their product design - and most especially what they have done in making consumers aware that good design can command a premium. I very much like the idea that quality isn’t cheap. Nice one Steve, I’ll give you that. Actually, when I say I do like their product design (not that I own any of it) - it suddenly struck me the other day that what I mean is that I used to like their product design. It was while watching a client talking on his iPhone that it occured to be how bland it now seems as an object and the very latest 4S version (launched…
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