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It's Personal: Subjectivity in Design History

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It's Personal : Subjectivity in Design History. / Lees-Maffei, Grace (Editor); Fallan, Kjetil (Editor).

In: Design and Culture, Vol. 7, No. 1, 21.04.2015, p. 5-27.

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Lees-Maffei, Grace (Editor) ; Fallan, Kjetil (Editor). / It's Personal : Subjectivity in Design History. In: Design and Culture. 2015 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 5-27.

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