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A GATHERING OF FLOWERS: ON DESIGN ANTHOLOGIES

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)477-491
JournalDesign Journal
Journal publication date4 Jul 2017
Volume20
Issue4
Early online date12 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017

Abstract

Over the past decade, anthologies – also called ‘readers’ – of design history and theory have proliferated across publishers’ catalogues. These books perform important pedagogical functions: they define fields and establish canons of authoritative texts, authors and concepts. While detractors argue that the easy availability of textual sources online means that we no longer need anthologies, the opposite argument can be made: the overwhelming volume of electronic information sharpens the need for concise, edited selections. This article examines the practices of selecting, editing and publishing anthologies and reasons for their increasing popularity, particularly in design education, at the present time.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Design History on 12 May 2017, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14606925.2017.1323426 Under embargo. Embargo end date: 12 November 2018.

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