The Genius of Design from the @BBC

In 2010 the BBC ran an amazing Documentary series exploring the history of design. Covering all the angles of the design process it’s a really amazing tribute to our trade. Here are all 5 parts collected for you in one place.

Part 1 – Ghosts In The Machine

The first episode of this new series tells the fascinating story of the birth of industrial design. Alongside the celebrated names, from Wedgwood to William Morris.

Part 2 – Designs For Living

In the crisis-stricken decades of the 1920s and 1930s, with the world at the tipping point between two global wars, design suggested dramatically different ideas about the shape of things to come.

Part 3 – Blueprints For War

The Genius of Design examines the Second World War through the prism of the rival war machines designed and built in Germany, Britain, the USSR and the USA.

Part 4 – Better Living Through Chemistry

The story of design enters the 50s and 60s, when a revolutionary new material called plastic combined with the miracles of electronic miniaturisation.

Part 5 – Objects of Desire

Picking up the story of design from the drab days of the late 70s, the final episode tracks the explosion of wild creativity that defined the ‘designer decades’ of the 80s and early 90s.

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