Introduction: Interrogating Iconic Design

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This introduction begins with the roots of iconicity and examines identifying characteristics shared by religious icons and design icons alike as functions of reception, representativeness, recognition and reverence. It then goes on to examine the words icon and iconic and the processes of iconization by which iconicity is conferred. The final part introduces the book, its approaches and its structure of thematic parts and chapters which are representative of wider issues in design discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIconic Designs
Subtitle of host publication50 Stories about 50 Things
EditorsGrace Lees-Maffei
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-0857853523
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014


  • Design History
  • Design
  • icons


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