The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘icon’ as 'a devotional painting of Christ or another holy figure, typically executed on wood and used ceremonially in the Byzantine and other Eastern Churches' or 'a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration'. A word once reserved for religious images or symbols is now overused and abused by designers, marketers, and in contemporary media. But what does and doesn’t constitute an iconic work of design?
Annemarie Kiely is the Melbourne Editor of Vogue Living, a former Melbourne Editor of Belle Magazine, and a writer with twenty year’s experience contributing to a wide range of international and local art and design publications.
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