I’ve just started reading Design as Art by Bruno Munari and after only a few pages in I’m already wondering how it took me this long to get round to reading this book. Just thought I’d share a quick passage from the first chapter.
Anyone working in the field of design has a hard task ahead of him: to clear his neighbour’s mind of all preconceived notion of art and artists, notions picked up at schools where they condition you to think one way for the whole of your life, without stopping to think that life changes — and today more rapidly than ever. It is therefore up to us designers to make known our working methods in clear and simple terms, the methods we think are the truest, the most up-to-date, the most likely to resolve our common aesthetic problems. Anyone who uses a properly designed object feels the presence of an artist who has worked for him, bettering his living conditions and encouraging him to develop his taste and sense of beauty.