Design: The Whole Story


A fascinating guide to the sophisticated attempts of manufacturers to woo us with high functionality and that indefinable feeling of the future


ISBN: 9780500292280 Category:

Thames and Hudson


Design: The Whole Story takes a close look at the key developments, movements and practitioners of design around the world, from the beginnings of industrial manufacturing to the present day. Organized chronologically, it locates design within its technological, cultural, economic, aesthetic and theoretical contexts.

From the high-minded moralists of the 19th century to the radical thinkers of modernism – and from the emergence of showmen such as Raymond Loewy in the 1930s to today’s superstars such as Philippe Starck – the book provides in-depth coverage of a subject that touches all our lives. Iconic works that mark significant steps forward or that characterize a particular era or approach – such as Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair of 1925, Eliot Noyes’ corporate identity work for IBM in the 1950s and Matthew Carter’s Verdana typeface, designed to be read on screen – are analysed in detail, while the text sets out the framework of ideas, intent and technology within which differing approaches to design have evolved.

From the cars we drive and the products we buy to the graphics that surround us, we are all consumers of design. Design: The Whole Story provides all the information needed to decode the material world.

Additional information

Weight 1802 g
Dimensions 17.9 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2016
Number of pages 576
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17.9 x 25.4 cm
Weight 1802 g


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Elizabeth Wilhide is the author and co-author of acclaimed books on design and interiors, including William Morris: D├ęcor and Design, Sir Edwin Lutyens: Designing in the English Tradition, The Mackintosh Style and Scandinavian Modern Home.

Jonathan Glancey has written for the Guardian, the Independent and the Architectural Review. His books include New British Architecture, 20th Century Architecture, London: Bread and Circuses, Lost Buildings and The Story of Architecture.