Norman Bel Geddes (1893 – 1958) was an influential American industrial designer known for his innovative and futuristic designs in the early to mid-20th century. One of his notable creations was the Patriot radio (1940): a sleek and modern tabletop radio that showcased Geddes’ forward-thinking design sensibilities. It was a departure from the traditional boxy and ornate designs of radios at the time. Instead, Geddes envisioned a streamlined and futuristic appearance for the Patriot, incorporating modern materials and a distinct visual aesthetic. Continue reading Eye On Design: Norman Bel Geddes, Patriot Radio→
Charles Sheeler (1883 – 1965) saw the modern equivalent of the imposing religious architecture of the past in the expansive, streamlined masses of factory buildings and refineries. Incantation(1946), whose very title sounds like a spiritual evocation, is a fragmentary view of a continuous-flow oil production plant. Here, Sheeler reduced the architectural forms to a more two-dimensional design in which shadows play as weighty a role as the metal tanks and pipes. The lack of a human presents suggest the degree to which these vast plants had come to be viewed as nearly autonomous forces.
In the business world of today, a picture says more than a million words. For a company to get its message across, it needs high-quality images for everything from websites to brochures to TV ads. Industrial photography is a specialized field that helps companies show their industrial processes, machines, and manufacturing techniques to customers and other businesses. The photos need to be shiny and have well-balanced colors and highlights. They also need to show the image in less than a second. Continue reading Industrial Photography and Its Future Importance →
This Vanity (1928) stands as a harbinger in the evolution of an American modern style. Norman Bel Geddes (1893 -1988) conceived of it only a year after founding the first industrial design firm in the United States. His prior experience on theater and film sets lent a dramatic flair to his consumer products, including this dressing table and mirror, made of enameled and chrome-plated steel, which was part of a larger suite of metal bedroom furniture. Continue reading Eye On Design: Dressing Table and Mirror By Norman Bel Geddes→