Modernist As A World View

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Modernism began at the end of the 19th century and developed during the first half of the 20th century. Modernism can be said to go beyond the confines of a 'style'. It is better described as a collection of ideas or a worldview. Modernism had a utopian desire to create a better world.

Nevertheless, there are still traits that characterize modern design, such as: an exploration of new materials, a simplification of forms and a rejection of historical precedents. The term modern comes from the Latin word modernus, which means “just now”. It also means “new fashioned, not antiquated or obsolete.”

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Art Nouveau – Important Design Movements

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Art Nouveau or 'New Art' became popular from about 1980 to the First World War. It was a forward-looking style of art and design that developed in reaction to 19th century designs that were dominated by historicism and neoclassicism. It sought to position art and design within everyday life and as such saw artistic value in all objects no matter how prosaic they may be. In short it was believed that art and design should become a part of the everyday. It also involved the close study of natural forms and through this study that the new aesthetic was born. The most successful examples of Art Nouveau can be said to be those works that see a successful and provocative meager between the decorative and the functional.

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Designer makers/ Autoproduzione

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Designer makers/ Autoproduzione

The designer maker moment of today is comprised of young and vibrant designers who are discovering new frontiers and pushing new boundaries. These designer's have at their disposal a wealth of available knowledge, a surplus of potential creative influences and the latest innovations in technology. With little stopping them these designer makers are creating works that are intellectually astute and aesthetically surprising.

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How to think like a Designer Maker

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How to think like a Designer Maker

The days of designing and creating in one's workshop or studio and selling to the local public are long gone. Today's designer maker has a global world before them and they need to create and think within this context. The designer maker of today needs to navigate the world around them to find their place within it. To do this the designer maker needs to think in ways that are unique and unprecedented.

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Designer | Maker vs Industrial Design

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The Teemergence Of The Skilled Manual Laborer

The industrial revolution with all its glory was thought to have laid to rest the days of the “master craftsman”. The skilled man tinkering away in his workshop for hours on end seemed pointless when shiny products could now be created with the magic of the production line. Industrial design made sense. It was widely accepted that the designer needn't labor unnecessarily, they simply needed to conceive of an idea adaptable to new industries and the rest was taken care of by a large manufacturer. All these seemingly simple assumptions have recently been turned on their heads with the emergence of the new Maker movement.

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