names

Golden Ratio: visualization

Timeless concepts & thinkers & institutions (people and things you should know regardless of this class):

Olympia

Athen Acropolis

Golden Ratio

cathedral (European Medieval)

Leonardo Da Vinci, Codex Atlanticus

Johannes Gutenberg, Movable type

Ryōan-ji rock garden (zen gareden)

Fordism + Ford “Model T”

“avant-garde”

Dada

Marcel Duchamp

Aldous Huxley, “Brave new World

British Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

BBC

George Orwell, “1984

Marshall Plan

Apollo program

Richard Buckminster Fuller

Marshall McLuhan

William Burroughs, cut-up

Andy Warhol

Woodstock Festival

Wikipedia

Google

Masters of XXth century architecture (these are names you should know as general culture). These are generally labeled under the name of “the pioneers of modern architecture”:

Le Corbusier, “Toward an Architecture“,  “Journey to the East” (diaries) + some images + “Cabanon

Frank Lloyd Wright

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Walter Gropius and Bauhaus school

Masters of XXth century design (these are names you should know as general culture), please note that some names already mentioned in the category of “architects”, do pop-up again in the “designer” family:

Walter Gropius and Bauhaus

Constructivism (see also Constructivism in art)

Charles & Ray Eames: Lounge Chair and ottoman

Achille Castiglioni

Dieter Rams

Ettore Sottsass, “Design Metaphors“ + Memphis

Paul Rand

Steve Jobs

Some other relevant masters (not important as the previous ones, still pretty cool and interesting):

Isamu Noguchi

Arup

Franco Albini

Here a special family: the “radical” designers (key chapter to contemporary design and architecture):

Archigram

Archizoom

Superstudio

Stewart Brand, Whole Earth Catalog

Rem Koolhaas, “Delirious New York

Some other important designers and architects (it would be nice you get to know these as well):

– Leon Theremin, “Theremin”

Harry Beck, and his: “London Underground Map

Les Paul

Colin Chapman, “Lotus 7

Pininfarina

Metabolist

Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Architects and Planners (VSBA) , “Learning from Las Vegas

Cini Boeri

Massimo and Lella Vignelli, “New York Underground Map

Enzo Mari, “Autoprogettazione

RPBW (Renzo Piano Building Workhsop)

Norman Foster

Ron Arad

Jonathan Ive and Apple design team

Zaha Hadid

IDEO

John Maeda

Herzog & de Meuron

Casey Reas

– Massimo Banzi, “Arduino

Important companies, institutions and products (quite relevant in the history of contemporary design):

Bic Cristal pen

Corradino D’Ascanio: Vespa

– Mikail Kalashnikov, Ak-47 Assault rifle

IBM

Toyota Corolla

Harley Davidson

Kartell

Flos

Ducati

Bell Labs

Xerox Parc

Apple

Philips Design

MIT  Medialab :One Laptop Per Child

Microsoft

Ikea

Illy

Torino Geodesign

BitTorrent

Designers who have been considered very cool in the last 10 years (very useful to impress friends and to be knowledgeable on “fashionable” design:

Hella Jongerius / Droog

Marten Baas

Kram/Weisshaar

Concepts quite relevant in contemporary design (alphabetically sorted):

arms industry

bricolage

car pooling

customization

do it yourself (DIY)

– Dubai (economy of)

festival

industrial cluster

“Lean Manufacturing” (Just-in-time)

microcredit

NGO

peer to peer

quasi-market

service design

social network

Soft power

– stakeholder

value chain

Curious and odd designers & things (people/things/concepts you should know to have nice conversations with your friends):

Potlatch

Shaker Furnitures

Ferdinand Cheval and his world

– Barolo (wines from Piedmont)

Dabbawalla

Focaccia di Recco (Italian bread)

The kitchen debate

Dungeons & Dragons

– Werner Herzog: “Fitzcarraldo”

Sam Peckinpah: “Wild Bunch

– Terry Gilliam, “Brazil

– Ridley Scott, “Blade Runner

– Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, “Matrix



























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