Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives. None of us can avoid its influence. It's a ubiquitous element of our world that determines how we feel, what we do and whether we succeed or fail. In this new four-part series, the architectural writer Shumi Bose explores its power to affect us, for better and worse.
In each episode of 'The Design Dimension' Shumi charts a different aspect of our relationship to design - desire, damage, choice and, finally, truth.
She begins by unpicking what we consider desirable - and undesirable - in design, taking in touch screens, innovative book design and the erotic symbolism of Ann Summers' corporate logo with its surprising similarity to that of Apple Inc.
Produced by Alan Hall and Hana Walker-Brown
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.