Designing Pornotopia Travels in Visual Culture

ISBN-10: 1568986076

ISBN-13: 9781568986074

Edition: 2006

Authors: Rick Poynor

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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.
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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

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.

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