Centre for Design History

Symposium – The New Typography: Graphic Design in Weimar Germany 1919–1933

by Sandy Jones   Symposium – The New Typography. Graphic Design in Weimar Germany 1919–1933 Bard Graduate Center, New York. March 22, 2019 ‘Jan Tschichold and the New Typography. Graphic Design Between the World Wars.’ Bard Graduate Center. February 14 – July 7, 2019. bgc.bard.edu.   The Symposium, The New Typography. Graphic Design in Weimar…

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Victor Papanek’s Social Design Legacy

Karen Fraser, MA History of Design and Material Culture, reviews a new book that explores pioneering ideas and practices in global social design.   Victor Papanek [1923-1998] was an Austrian-American designer, author and activist who was concerned with design and its social, environmental and ecological consequences.  His pioneering attempts to disseminate the word of social…

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Collectors / Collecting / Collections: A Study Day

Caroline Hamilton, a University of Brighton / Royal Pavilion and Museums PhD student, outlines how themes of collecting and collections brought diverse student scholars to Brighton.   Collect verb – bring or gather together. Systematically seek and acquire (items of a particular kind) as a hobby Collector noun – a person who collects things of…

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AHRC Leadership Fellowship success for Dr Harriet Atkinson

Centre for Design History researcher Dr Harriet Atkinson has been awarded a prestigious Leadership Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. During the project, entitled “The Materialisation of Persuasion”: Modernist Exhibitions in Britain for Propaganda and Resistance, 1933 to 1953, Harriet will investigate how exhibitions mounted in British public spaces, from workers’ canteens to…

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The Printed and Digital Page: Reassessing Form, Content and Methodologies – TECHNE PhD Workshop, Kingston University

Report by Liz Tregenza The Printed and Digital Page: Reassessing Form, Content and Methodologies, was the third in a series of student led events designed to assist doctoral students in the process of their research. The event was supported by TECHNE. Held at Kingston University, the event brought together staff and students from The University…

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Conference Report

March 2018 saw two members of the Centre for Design History contribute to the Swiss Design Network Research Summit annual conference ‘Beyond Change: Questioning the role of design in times of global transformations’ at FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel​, Switzerland. Addressing 500 delegates, Professor Cheryl Buckley’s keynote ‘ On the Record: Researching Women…

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Guernica Remakings

Flying the Flag for Picasso’s Guernica

Dr Benjamin Hannavy Cousen, artist and author of the article Memory, Power and Place: Where is Guernica, reviews Nicola Ashmore’s 2017 book, Guernica Remakings.   In a recent essay in the London Review of Books, the art historian T. J. Clark provocatively proposes that ‘Perhaps… we turn to Guernica with a kind of nostalgia’. He…

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Wolfsonian Klinger

News from the Wolfsonian, Florida International University

Jeremy Aynsley, Director of the Centre for Design History reports from the USA Over the past eighteen months, I have been guest curator for the exhibition Julius Klinger Posters for a Modern Age that opened on 5 October at the Wolfsonian Florida International University, Miami Beach. Julius Klinger (1876-1942) was a Viennese-born poster designer, graphic artist…

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Making and Unmaking the Environment: Reporting on the Design History Society 2017 Annual Conference

By Tania Messell, Lilian Sánchez-Moreno and Dora Souza Dias This year the DHS Annual Conference, held at the University of Oslo, was not only an opportunity to engage with fellow design historians, but also a moment of celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Society and the 30th Anniversary of the Journal of Design History….

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Janet Aspley stands by the shirt she designed in the The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum

Sparkle, Twang and Two-step

Doctoral student Janet Aspley reports back from a productive research trip to USA This year I was honoured to be the recipient of the British Association of American Studies’ 2017 Marcus Cunliffe Award, which funds short-term research trips to the USA. I took my trip in June 2017, dividing my time between attendance at the…

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