The Language of Things has ratings and 59 reviews. Deyan Sudjic explains the subtleties of design in this clever and insightful essay using everyday. “How We Are Seduced by the Objects around Us,” declares the cover. To this end , Penguin commissioned a special design for this book from. We live in a world drowning in objects. But what do they tell us about ourselves? In The Language of Things, Deyan Sudjic charts our.

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As the human attention span for words reduces, so does the human affection span for objects. An Anglepoise lamp, designed inis functionally perfect as it is. Brilliant and courageous, The Language of Things defines the visual vocabulary of our time and gives us a powerful new way of seeing sudjix world.

Shallow objects of desire

Sudjic’s book is about the stealth with which design obsolescence overtook us. You may want to hover near a computer while you read because he is always referring to things that you may never have heard of or seen but need to see to be able to understand his point. Another school of thought, potentially more interesting, questions why we feel the need to keep developing new products.

I am finding that experts who write these sort of books can’t help but put the spotlight on either a favorite artist or genre, whether or not if fits the book and this one was no different.

Understanding the World of Desirable Objects. Sudjic has been director of the Design Museum in London since Norton Company first published October 2nd I’m not sure how you can compare the monetary value of something that is mass produced vs.

Loewy’s streamlining turned functional cleaners, duplicating machines and pencil sharpeners into the original glossy fetish objects.

He was born in London, and studied architecture o Edinburgh. Like Sudjic’s later book The Ediface Complex, The Language of Things reads like a series of musings on fairly loosely collected subjects. He may now be director of the Design Museum in London, but he is admirably honest in admitting his own idiocies in making design choices.


The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects

When Dieter Rams was head of design for Braun, the famous German electronics factory, in the 60s, he aimed to give his products anonymity, comparing Braun’s food-mixers and shavers to discreet, efficient, English butlers. This and other paradoxes of luxury make for an interesting train of thought, and Sudjic shows how the quality of “mass produced” goods today is the tgings of thousands of people with the craftsman’s ethic.

The analysis presented in deyah book is refreshing in its approach to the history of design, yet never evades larger social justice issues such as the connection between mass over-consumption and global poverty.

It’s hard to write about this subject without ending up in Pseud’s Corner. This began in the United States back in the 30s as an insidious movement in which designers, formerly purist in their aims of human betterment, became more commercial and cynical. Jul 28, Tina Ye rated it liked it Shelves: Kita pun ditantang untuk mempertanyakan ulang sikap kita terhadap benda-benda, terhadap “materialisme” -apakah ia sepenuhnya jahat, atau sekadar cara manusia, sang makhluk pragmatik sekaligus simbolik, untuk saling berhubungan?

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It is a thing. I picked it up out of curiosity to see what a design expert has to say oc the ever-futile convergence of art and design His notes about how Duchamp and Warhol both changed the limits between art and design were interesting, as well as the ssudjic about how the “design is not art” or vice versa stigma is stamped into people in design schools as much as among artists.

Where is the dignity and seriousness of purpose design once had as a profession? What is thing come form? Modern design as we know it started at the Bauhaus, the art and design school in Weimar established in the chaotic aftermath of the first world war.

Desain dan arketip-arketipnya, Lux “The role of the most sophisticated designers today is as much to be storytellers, to make design that speaks in such a way as to convey these messages, as is to resolve formal and functional problems.


The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects by Deyan Sudjic

Mass consumption is something that many of us have grown to detest, yet paradoxically, we continue to engage in it on a daily basis. Ultimately this lead to its own demise; craft was more important than being economically viable, so makers couldn’t produce enough products to meet strict quality requirements and compete with industrial production.

Distinctions between design and art are eroding. This is so outrageously simplistic it almost sounds like the good old knee-jerk reaction “my 5-year old nephew could have done that” when faced with an artwork. Here he takes his experience, knowledge and naked enthusiasm for design to make a slick little package that sets out to prove the disproportionate selling power of slick little packages!

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Why do cell phone cameras click even though they no longer have a thf Where he started to loose me was when he tried to point out how undervalued design was compared to “high” art.

I enjoyed the first half of the book immensely, but feels he lost his way at the end, which is a shame as I now feel I don’t know what his main point was through it all. Sudjic traces the cult of the designer back at least to the 18th-century furniture of Thomas Chippendale.

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However there is considerably more nuance to it than that, as Sudjic also talks of the ways in which fashion languuage the clothing industry has used cinema, architecture, and museums to build brand identity and advertise.

It expresses preference not, as Sudjic seems to be saying, practical usefulness. It strikes me as pretty introductory and light on theory, but the wide use of illustrative examples makes it pretty compelling.