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Objects: From Signs to Design
Objects: From Signs to Design
Benoît Heilbrunn
Introduction

Consumer culture often deals with products, commodities and goods, and seems to have forgotten objects and things. Objects made or modified by humans are clumped together under the term ‘artifact'. That word connects two words – art and fact – reflecting its double Latin root. The word art derives from ars, artis (skill in joining), and fact derives from factum (deed or act) from facere (to make or to do), emphasizing the utilitarian meaning already implicit in the word art; thus, skill or knowledge is applied to the making of a thing. The term art refers to objects whose primary initial purpose has been to represent, to memorize, to induce veneration, elevation or contemplation, ...

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