"I really enjoyed reading Danielle Shapiro's excellent book John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life. In it, Shapiro makes a convincing case for Vassos's formerly unheralded, but highly significant, early contributions to the field now known as user interface (UI) design. I found the chapters about Vassos's design of knobs, dials, displays, and casings for RCA radios and studio recording machinery especially illuminating. Furthermore, the book is beautifully written; the illustrations are aptly chosen and almost all are "new"; and the footnotes are a rich source of information not only about Vassos but also about twentieth-century design, generally. It's a great book! CARMA GORMAN, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas, Austin. Thank you Professor Gorman! Professor Gorman is the author of many books on industrial design including the excellent The Industrial Design Reader (2003) and the associate editor of the journal Design and Culture.
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Danielle Shapiro, is a writer and author of the first biography of John Vassos, modernist Greek-American industrial designer - John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life.