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Review of Marks of Excellence : The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-183
JournalJournal of Design History
Journal publication date1998
Publication statusPublished - 1998


Marks of Excellence is another contribution to Phaidon's de luxe series on design and architecture which provides an appropriate platform for communicating through impeccably and generously reproduced images. The indulgence of the coffee-table format is combined in this book with an intelligent and comprehensive text to create a reading experience properly saturated with looking. The illustrations are presented in two ways. Firstly the text is regularly punctuated with opulent full-bleed spreads which invite the reader to treat trademarks with an excited reverence akin to the fetishism of the centre-fold. By contrast, illustrations are also supplied in a diagrammatic fashion, where trademarks are reproduced in thumbnail sequences which reflect, throughout the book, the taxonomic structure of Chapter 4. These two ways of looking provide a visual correlative for the double vision of the text. Mollerup demonstrates an attempt at objectivity in the historical and theoretical backgrounds, his taxonomy and visual index which combine to jar with his value-laden stance. Mollerup displays little awareness of his own prejudices.


Grace Lees-Maffei, review of Per Mollerup, Marks of Excellence: The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks (Phaido, 1997), ISBN: 0 7148 3448 3, Journal of Design History, Vol 11 (2): 182-183, 1 June 1998, DOI: Original review can be found at : Copyright The Design History Society [Full text of this review is not available]

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