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  • Design, History and Time: New Temporalities in a Digital Age, eds. Zoë Hendon and Anne Massey, (London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts 2019), ISBN HB 978-135006 0654, 216 pages, illustrated, black and white, hardback ($87.79) (Book Review)

Boyd Davis, Stephen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5391-4557, 2020, Journal Article, Design, History and Time: New Temporalities in a Digital Age, eds. Zoë Hendon and Anne Massey, (London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts 2019), ISBN HB 978-135006 0654, 216 pages, illustrated, black and white, hardback ($87.79) (Book Review) Design Issues, 37 (1). pp. 85-87. ISSN 0747-9360 (In Press)

Abstract or Description:

This 2000-word invited review discusses each chapter and the overall concept of Hendon and Massey's book, which brings out the use in many cases of a single object as a source of semiotic, social and political analysis. One of the things that emerges as most clearly “designed” in the volume under review is history itself. When Herbert Simon proposed in 1969 that “everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones,” he was thinking about designing the future. This volume emphasizes how we design certain pasts to suit and shape our chosen narratives. It is a truism of historiography that histories are selective and formative. What this fascinating collection adds is a perception that the design of history is as important as the history of design, and that it takes a multitude of forms both tangible and intangible. Those who succeed in designing the past may control the future.

Official URL: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/DESI
Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V370 History of Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: School of Design
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1162/desi_r_00627
Uncontrolled Keywords: Time,Design,History
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2020 17:18
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2020 17:18
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4535
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