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Design, history and time: new temporalities in a digital age

Design, history and time: new temporalities in a digital age

Hendon, Zoe, editor; Massey, Anne, 1956-, editor

Design, History and Time reflects on the nature of time in relation to design, in both past and contemporary contexts. In contrast to a traditional design historical approach which emphasises schools and movements, this volume addresses time as a continuum and considers the importance of temporality for design practice and history. Contributors address how designers, design historians and design thinkers might respond to the global challenges of time, the rhythms of work, and the increasing speed of life and communication between different communities. They consider how the past informs the present and the future in terms of design; the importance of time-based design practices such as rapid prototyping and slow design, time in relation to memory and forgetting, and artefacts such as the archive for which time is key, and ponder the design of time itself. Showcasing the work of fifteen design scholars from a range of international contexts, the book provides an essential text for thinking about changing attitudes to the temporal

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Published London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Zoe Hendon, Anne Massey
ISBN: 1350060674, 9781350060678
Physical Description: 216 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Theory of architecture; History of art; Fine arts: art forms; Industrial / commercial art & design; Art and Design.; Architecture; Design.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781350060654


  1. List of figures
  2. List of contributors
  3. Foreword
  4. Barry Curtis, Royal College of Art, UK
  5. Introduction
  6. Zoe Hendon and Anne Massey, independent, UK
  7. Section I: Millennia, Centuries
  8. 1. Designing stone: temporal representation of a timeless material
  9. Seher Erdogan Ford, Temple University, USA
  10. 2. 'The drama of the soul': time, eternity and evolution in the designs of Phoebe Anna Traquair
  11. Sally Anne Huxtable, National Museums Scotland, UK
  12. 3. Time aboard the Ghan: Alice Springs to Adelaide, March 2016
  13. Anne Burke, Middlesex University, UK
  14. Section II: Centuries, Decades, Years
  15. 4 As good as apple pie? Post-unification Germany and the reception of public art from the former German Democratic Republic
  16. Jessica Jenkins, Falmouth University, UK
  17. 5. The story of a Portuguese cock and other knick-knacks: heritage, propaganda and design in a far-right dictatorship
  18. Carlos Bßrtolo, Universidade LusÝada, Portugal
  19. 6. An experiment with time: modern and classical influences in the planning of 'high and over'
  20. Michael Findlay, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
  21. 7. Making 'atomic' history: consuming historical narratives in the 'unofficial' digital archive
  22. Emily Candela, Royal College of Art, UK
  23. 8. A queer feeling and its future in/for design history
  24. John Potvin, Concordia University, Canada
  25. Section III: Days, Hours, Seconds
  26. 9. Tube time: How the subterranean city got faster by design
  27. David Lawrence, Kingston University and London Transport Museum, UK
  28. 10. Dreams of The Fun Palace and Plug-In City: architectural modularism and cybernetics in the 1960s
  29. Claire McAndrew, University College London, UK
  30. 11. Sign of the times: slow design in the age of social acceleration
  31. Niels Peter Skou, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  32. 12. Fast and slow: design and the experience of time
  33. Stephen Hayward, Central St Martins, UK
  34. 13. Delivered in less than sixty seconds: temporal references in the design and discourse of digital reading devices
  35. Toke Riis Ebbesen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  36. Select Bibliography
  37. Index