Design as Art
by Bruno Munari
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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One of the last surviving members of the futuristic generation, Bruno Munari, as Art is the illustration of a journey in the artistic process of modern design, translated by Patrick Creagh published as part of the “Penguin on the Design of the series in Penguin Modern Classics”.Bruno Munari has been among the most inspiring designers of all time, described by Picasso as “the new Leonardo”,”The designer of today re-establishes the long-lost contact between art and the public, between people’s lives and art as a living thing” Bruno Munari was among the most inspiring designers of all time, described by Picasso as “the new Leonardo”.Munari insisted that design should be beautiful, functional and accessible, and this informative and entertaining book exposes his ideas on visuals, graphics and industrial design and the role he plays in the objects we use every day.Lamps, road signs, typography, posters, children’s books, advertising, cars and chairs are just a few of the subjects to whom he turns his illuminating gaze.How do we see the world around usThe Penguin on Designing the Series includes works by creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and media have changed our vision forever.Bruno Munari (1907-1998), born in Milan, is the terrible child of Italian art and design for most of the 20th century, contributing to many fields of visual art (painting, sculpture, cinema, industrial design, graphic design) and non-visual arts (literature, poetry).He has twice been awarded the Compasso d’ Oro Award, a design award for excellence in his field.If you liked Art Design, you could, like John Berger Manières de Voir Manières, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.One of the most influential designers of the 20th centuryMunari encouraged people to go beyond formal conventions and stereotypes by showing them how to broaden their perceptual awareness International Herald Tribune
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