"Hello World" is Alice Rawsthorn's definitive guide to design and
modern life. Design is one of the most powerful forces in our
lives. When deployed wisely, it can bring us pleasure, choice,
strength, decency and much more. But if its power is abused, the
outcome can be wasteful, confusing, humiliating, even dangerous.
None of us can avoid being affected by design, whether or not we
wish to. It is so ubiquitous that it determines how we feel and
what we do, often without our noticing. "Hello World" explores
design's influence on our lives. Written by the renowned design
critic Alice Rawsthorn and designed by the award-winning book
designer Irma Boom, it describes how warlords, scientists, farmers,
hackers, activists and designers have used design to different ends
throughout history: from the macabre symbol invented by 18th
century pirates to terrorise their victims into surrender, to one
woman's quest for the best possible prosthetic legs and the
evolution of the World Cup ball.