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By Deyan Sudjic

A extraordinary exposé of the interplay among paintings, layout, and commerce.

In ?The Language of Things, ?the director of London's layout Museum charts our dating with all issues designed. With scintillating wit and a mind for the pleasures and risks of rampant consumerism, Deyan Sudjic takes us from luxurious vehicle ads to sleek ads for seasonal differences of the Prada handbag to the hype surrounding the most recent model of the iPhone, exploring how we're manipulated and seduced by means of our possessions. Who would've proposal that it is the refined visible similarity among the Volkswagen golfing GTI and the barrel of an automated pistol that makes humans are looking to get at the back of the wheel? And why is it that electronic cameras in mobile phones "click" even if they do not have a shutter? Sudjic's illuminating argument will resound with someone who has ever been stricken by how issues look—lured, in different phrases, through the robust siren name of design.


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