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Symposium Report – 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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From Medici Art to Modern Jewellery: Two New Staff Books

Second year BA History of Art and Design student, Jess Kellow, reviews our recent book launch that introduced new publications by Centre for Design History staff.   In February 2019, the Centre for Design History held a book launch for two newly published works, which was attended by staff, students and visitors. The books that…

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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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New Visions: Capturing the Latest Thinking on Contemporary Photographic Culture

A report from Annebella Pollen on the launch of her latest book, sponsored by Creative Futures Brighton   The Creative Futures-funded panel discussion and book launch of Photography Reframed took place on 10 October 2018 in the newly-refurbished lecture theatre on University of Brighton’s Edward Street campus before a standing-room only audience. Three guest speakers…

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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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basel beyond change

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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