The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects

By Deyan Sudjic

A terrific exposé of the interplay among artwork, 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 risks of rampant consumerism, Deyan Sudjic takes us from luxurious motor vehicle ads to sleek ads for seasonal differences of the Prada handbag to the hype surrounding the most recent model of the iPhone, exploring how we're manipulated and seduced by way of our possessions. Who would've inspiration that it is the sophisticated 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, through the robust siren name of design.


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