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John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life

Danielle Shapiro


This book is the first biography of artist and industrial designer John Vassos. The book positions him as a significant figure in the development of a self-conscious industrial design profession during the late 1920s and 1930s into the postwar period. The big four founders of the profession have received ample attention, but Vassos, who was a key pioneering figure, has primarily been forgotten. Vassos deserves scholarly attention as he was the only prewar industrial designer to specialize in designing for the then emergent mass media of radio and television. The book creates a complex portrait ... More

Keywords: architecture and design, radio history, media studies, American studies, television history, design history, technology interface, industrial designer, antique radios, Radio Corporation of America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780816693405
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693405.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Shapiro, author
National Endowment for the Humanities