Industrial Design: On Its Characteristics and Relationships to the Visual Fine Arts
Originally published in Leonardo, Volume 14, No. 4 (Fall 1981).
The journal of the article is available here.
Industrial design and the visual arts share a common aesthetic basis as demonstrated by their common use of aesthetic principles and by designers who are also visual artists. The author examines the rationale for exhibiting industrial products in art museums and the similarities and differences between industrial design and the fine arts. He argues that industrial design shares important theoretical concepts (expression, representation and style) with the visual fine arts.
Curtis Carter. "Industrial Design: On Its Characteristics and Relationships to the Visual Fine Arts" Leonardo 14.4 (1981).
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