Design as an Autonomous Profession: The Separation of Form from Content.
Current conceptions of design and of the role and status of the designer had their beginnings during the Renaissance and emerged alongside the development of Capitalism. Among the first and most successful of these designers - skilled in the art of designo, was Michelangelo. His story parallels the transformation of the design profession and the moments that transformed it - the distinction between form and content, the socially constructed myth of individual genius, the institutionalisation of design knowledge etc. All of these factors helped to create his myth and his status just as he participated in the creation these social constructions.
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