Designing Pornotopia Travels in Visual Culture

ISBN-10: 1568986076
ISBN-13: 9781568986074
Edition: 2006
Authors: Rick Poynor
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Explicit sexual imagery has erupted in every medium and on every surface. While some react to it by pointing and laughing, hardly anyone has stopped to seriously consider its impact. Behind this phenomenon lies the normalization of pornography, which along with the complete turnaround in social attitudes to it, has been one of the most momentous developments in contemporary life. In Designing Pornotopia, Rick Poynor explores recent advertising and design and the invasion of sexual imagery into everyday life, revealing how advertising walks the fine line between prudish and vulgar imagery. Developing the discussion of Poynor's previous anthology, Obey the Giant, Designing Pornotopia covers a wide area of subjects, from magazines, billboard advertising, branding, illustration, photography, tattoos, and music graphics to architecture and includes interviews with architect Rem Koolhaas and maverick American graphic designer and performance artist Elliott Earls. Along the way Poynor reassesses the early work of Peter Saville and tracks the unstoppable rise of Stefan Sagmeister, among others. Poynor's concise, riveting prose constantly challenges the reader with strong and thought-provoking arguments. In its timeliness and poignancy, this anthology is a truly indispensable addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in visual culture and its effects on our daily lives.

Rick Poynor is founding editor of Eye, & writes frequently on design. He is the author of seven previous books, including Design Without Boundaries (1998). He lives in London.

Introduction
Hyphenation Nation
Meet me at the Checkout
Luxurious Frucality
This Month's Cover
What do Men Want?
Liberating the Billboard?
Loyalty Beyond Reason
A World Without Ads
Look at My Speechtool
The Citizen Designer
Ramshackle Utopias
Mr Hancock's New Wave Art Class
New Europe, New Spirit?
Writing with Pictures
Technology in Everyday Life
Look Inward, Australia
Struggling to be Heard
Taste-Free Zone
Designing Pornotopia
Collapsing Bulkheads
The Sex Detectives
Baring it All
The Skin Cult
Flesh Speaks
Cyber Bjork
Follow Your Bliss
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What's the Matter with Us?
Notes
Index
Credits & Thanks

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