Design As Art

Recently, I picked up a new addition of Design As Art, by Bruno Munari. First published in 1971, it is a design classic worthy of this reintroduction. Munari felt design had become the most significant visual art of his time. I find his way of thinking is still relevant in the critical design thinking process.

Munari shared the Bauhaus ideal that art and life should be fused back together. The designer’s job was to respond to the needs of the time and visual quality should be part of everyone’s ordinary experience. Only when the objects we use and the places we inhabit have become works of art will life be in balance.

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