Published in Design Book Review, Volume 22, January 1, 1991, pages 53-57.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Bruno Giberti was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The history of design is not a new subject. It has been the theme of two well-known if not always well-loved pillars of the historical literature, Nikolaus Pevsner's Pioneers of the Modern Movement (1936) and Sigfried Giedion's Mechanization Takes Command (1948). In contrast, design history is a relatively new discipline, well established in Britain but still forming in this country. The time is right, then, for a book like Design History and the History of Design, in which John A. Walker surveys the landscape of this field for its students.