California: Designing Freedom

By Justin McGuirk and Brendan McGetrick

Californian products have influenced contemporary life across the globe to such an extent that in some ways we are all now Californians.

Put simply, “Designed in California” is the new “Made in Italy.” This book examines California's enormous impact on contemporary design, from the counterculture of the 1960s to the tech culture of Silicon Valley.

On a more expansive level, California: Designing Freedom explores the idea that California has pioneered tools of personal liberation — from LSD to surfboards and iPhones. This ambitious survey brings together political posters and portable devices, but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the San Francisco Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences.

Paperback, 240 pages, 2017. 5.9 x .9 x 8.3 in.

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