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Great Design by Philip Wilkinson

imagesDorling Kindersley is the British publisher best known for its many visual explorer titles for children. I was somewhat surprised to see this entry for adults. This 2013 title,Great Design, has made the New York Times Notable books of 2013 It’s no wonder. Befittingly, this book on great design…is a beautifully designed visual feast! Each 2-4 page spread in a 10 x 12 inch format, features a design artifact in the Smithsonian’s collection covering the period from 1860 to the present. There’s enough detail on each item to whet your appetite to learn more about the designer or the movement discussed. I can imagine great family discussions about what your top five items in this collection are! It would be a great book to spark discussion in art, industrial design, and social history classes. A real treat for the eyes, the heart, and the mind.

Amy P.

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