Saturday, April 11, 2009

Key Figures in Industrial Design

DBAE (Discipline-Based Art Education) opened up the field of art education to include art making, art history, art criticism and aesthetics. As we add "design" to our repertoire it makes sense that we should include a bit of design history.

Some key figures in industrial design include Britain's Christopher Dresser (perhaps the first industrial designer), Raymond Loewy (the father of American industrial design) (right), Norman Bel Geddes (left), and Brooks Stevens. There are books, websites, and many other resources available on each of these designers and they are as well known in the industrial design world as Picasso and Rembrandt are in the art world.

Art history today should be called "Art and Design History" and include important international designers like these.

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