Weekend Heller: On the Lookout for John Vassos

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It’s not every day that an important American designer gets his first biography. This is why, not having seen it yet, I’m excitedly on the lookout for John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life (University of Minnesota Press) by Danielle Shapiro.


Vassos was an industrial designer and Art Deco illustrator who shaped the look of modern technology. He was the Radio Corporation of America’s key consultant designer through the rise of radio and television and into the computer era. And this bio promises to be a wealth of “behind-the-product stories of America’s design culture in the 1930s through the 1950s.”


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