Design as art penguin modern classics

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Design as Art by Bruno Munari

One of the last surviving members of the futurist generation, Bruno Munaris Design as Art is an illustrated journey into the artistic possibilities of modern design translated by Patrick Creagh published as part of the Penguin on Design series in Penguin Modern Classics.

The designer of today re-establishes the long-lost contact between art and the public, between living people and art as a living thing

Bruno Munari was among the most inspirational designers of all time, described by Picasso as the new Leonardo. Munari insisted that design be beautiful, functional and accessible, and this enlightening and highly entertaining book sets out his ideas about visual, graphic and industrial design and the role it plays in the objects we use everyday. Lamps, road signs, typography, posters, childrens books, advertising, cars and chairs - these are just some of the subjects to which he turns his illuminating gaze.

How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever.

Bruno Munari (1907-1998), born in Milan, was the enfant terrible of Italian art and design for most of the twentieth century, contributing to many fields of both visual (paint, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphics) and non-visual arts (literature, poetry). He was twice awarded the Compasso dOro design prize for excellence in his field.

If you enjoyed Design as Art, you might like John Bergers Ways of Seeing, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

One of the most influential designers of the twentieth century ... Munari has encouraged people to go beyond formal conventions and stereotypes by showing them how to widen their perceptual awareness
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Design as Art

One of the last surviving members of the futurist generation, Bruno Munari's Design as Art is an illustrated journey into the artistic possibilities of modern design translated by Patrick Creagh published as part of the 'Penguin on Design' series in Penguin Modern Classics. Bruno Munari was among the most inspirational designers of all time, described by Picasso as 'the new Leonardo'. Munari insisted that design be beautiful, functional and accessible, and this enlightening and highly entertaining book sets out his ideas about visual, graphic and industrial design and the role it plays in the objects we use everyday. Lamps, road signs, typography, posters, children's books, advertising, cars and chairs - these are just some of the subjects to which he turns his illuminating gaze. How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever.

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Bruno Munari

Bruno Munari's Design as Art, first published in English in , has been out of print for much too long and Penguin's decision to reissue it as a Modern Classic couldn't be timelier. Inevitably, some elements of this collection of short writings have dated, but Munari's way of thinking stands revealed - not for the first time - as extraordinarily prescient and relevant to many of the design problems we face today. His playful, inquiring, socially aware intelligence mark him as what we would now call a "critical designer". The great charm and delicacy of his writing makes the humanity and good sense of his arguments even harder to resist. By the s, Munari was convinced that design had become the most significant visual art of its time. He had started as an artist himself, joining the Futurists in the late s, and his own transformation into a designer gives his position added authority. Munari wanted to tear down the myth of the star artist who produces work for the intelligentsia.

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