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Tom Spalding


Tom Spalding worked as a designer and is currently working towards a PhD in the DIT. He is the author of several books on design history, especially dealing with Cork, where he lives. He is interested in what might be termed the ‘fine grain’ of the urban realm such as street furniture. His ‘Field Guide to its Street Furniture’ (2009) dealt with this topic generally, whilst ‘Layers’ (2013) concentrates on signage, exploring displays of nationalism in the public realm. According to an English reviewer, the topic has seldom ‘been investigated with such depth or with such richness of detail.’