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Reinventing the Wheel

Reinventing the Wheel

Princeton Architectural Press

By Jessica Helfand


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Now available in paperback, this delightful book spins the history of the information wheel, as inventive and instructive as intriguing, that has been used since the fourteenth century to measure, record, predict, and calculate everything from time and space to military history to recipes. In this fascinating book, designer and critic Jessica Helfand offers and in-depth look at these unique artifacts, which are not only clever and amusing but, Helfand argues, relevant as a model for modern interactive design. From circular mathematical slide rules to Captain Marvel phonetic decoders, Reinventing the Wheel demonstrates the astonishing range and remarkable utility of these ingenious "interactive" tools.

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Size: 7-1/2 x 9-1/2 in;
Pages: 160 pp;
100 color and 20 B/W images
Format: Paperback
Publication: April 2006
ISBN: 9781568985961
ISBN10: 1568985967
Jessica Helfand is partner with William Drenttel in Jessica Helfand/William Drenttel, a design consultancy.