“It was an interesting book, until the last couple of chapters. I am finding that experts who write these sort of books can't help but put the spotlight on either a favorite artist or genre, whether or not if fits the book and this one was no different.
I enjoyed the look at the development and rise of design and it's place in our society. Where he started to loose me was when he tried to point out how undervalued design was compared to "high" art. I'm not sure how you can compare the monetary value of something that is mass produced vs. a one of a kind creation but he tried real, real hard to do so.
Some of my problems also come from when he started to go on and on about the modern art movement. This is a personal bias as I don't care much for modern art and think people who try to give it to much meaning and value are simply trying to hard to force something that doesn't exist. But also this is where he started to put his own interest in an art form over the theme of the book. Instead of just discussing the effect of modern art, he started listing artists and their work, without giving any images to back them up. That gets boring fast.
I enjoyed the first half of the book immensely, but feels he lost his way at the end, which is a shame as I now feel I don't know what his main point was through it all. ”