California Designing Freedom

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'An illustrated book that would look chic on any California coffee table, yet one that packs an impressive heft with five original essays by design scholars and practitioners' - New Scientist

The companion book to a show at London's Design Museum examining California's impact on contemporary design, from the counterculture of the 1960s to the tech culture of Silicon Valley.

California: Designing Freedom explores the idea that California has pioneered tools of personal liberation - from LSD to surfboards and iPhones. This ambitious survey brings together political posters and portable devices, but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the San Francisco Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences.

Lavishly illustrated, California: Designing Freedom features essays by leading experts in the field, such as Barry M Katz and Louise Sandhaus, as well as interviews with key designers and thinkers, including Fred Turner, Kevin Kelly and April Greiman. It also features a rediscovered lecture by Steve Jobs, introduced by Apple’s chief design officer, Jonathan Ive.

  • Author: Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator, Design Museum
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Date published: May 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0714874234
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 cm

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