Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The grand 999: All-time top designs

A great book for design inspiration ...

"It's not something most of us think about, but we all dwell in the world of design.

The toothbrush we use, the car we drive, the phone we answer, the chair we sit in at work - every manufactured object we buy has been pondered, argued over, sketched, and prototyped. In short, designed by someone, or a team of someones.

And quite often, they do a heck of a job, using new technologies to solve old problems, and marrying form with function in ways that not only look great but can even change the way we live. These triumphs of the designer's art, from sewing machines to shavers, airplanes to iPods, are the subject of Phaidon Design Classics, a just-issued three-volume set from London-based Phaidon Press ($175, or $140 at

... The 1959 Princess phone (No. 543) was developed to sell the idea of a bedside phone to a female market. The design for one of its successors, the 1965 Trimline phone (No. 548), was based on the then-little known study of ergonomics, and won a spot in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art."   continued ...   (Via Philadelphia Inquirer)

Phaidon Design Classics - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Phaidon Design Classics

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Anonymous napoleon de notting hill said...

It seems to be a great idea to collect that kind of objects or designs that are part of our history. Every design has a large work behind it. The question is what makes a design different of the rest. how can an old object like Panton chair look like as a recently creation??

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