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On producing the Most Beautiful Book in Switzerland

By Annebella Pollen Annebella Pollen reflects on the collective process of book making in the wake of winning an international design award. It’s a prize that makes people laugh. The title, ‘The Most Beautiful Swiss Books’, strikes an odd note. What could be more subjective than rewarding beauty? And why is it located in Switzerland?…

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A report of the Second General Assembly of the European RIG-ACORSO Special Research Interest Group for Dress History and its first conference: Producing the History of Fashion in the West.

By Marie McLoughlin RIG-ACORSO Second General Assembly The International Design History cluster, together with Brighton School of Humanities, very kindly funded the Brighton Dress History Collective, represented by Professor Lou Taylor and Marie McLoughlin, to attend the Second General Assembly of the RIG-ACORSO held in Lille on 12th February 2016. The University of Brighton is…

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Attending Critical Dialogues Workshop for design postgraduate research students

by Dora Souza Dias & Alessandro Esculapio On Wednesday February 10th Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies at Parsons the New School for Design and Visiting Professor at the University of Brighton, ran the workshop ‘Critical Dialogues for Design Research Students’. The goal of the event was to provide new perspective on the process of…

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International Remakings of Picasso’s Guernica: Action, Collaboration and Creation.

By Dr Nicola Ashmore Inspired by the experience of collectively remaking Pablo Picasso’s anti-fascist painting Guernica (1937) as a protest banner, I began researching other collaborative remakings of Picasso’s Guernica. For more information on the creation of the banner see: remakingpicassosguernica.wordpress.com. Pablo Picasso was moved into action to create Guernica (1937) after reading in the…

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News from the Bauhaus

By Professor Jeremy Aynsley To mark the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in 2019, the Berlin Bauhaus Archiv will be opening a new extension to provide expanded exhibition facilities for an anticipated growing public, allowing the original Gropius building to be entirely dedicated to the archival holdings. An exhibition showing models and projections…

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70 Years since Britain Can Make It exhibition

‘Facing the World Differently? Seventy years on from the Britain Can Make It Exhibition’, 7 October 2016, University of Brighton. This one-day symposium asks how could Britain make it in the context of its colonial legacies and the parallel ambitions of former allies and enemies to capitalise on the potential of design to make a…

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A short history of the DRS newsletter

Peter Lloyd recently contributed to one of our monthly IDH lunchtime sessions, which enable informal discussion of participants current research in Design History. At this, he discussed the history of the Design Research Society, who are holding their next conference in Brighton in June 2016. A run through of the history of the Society’s newsletters,…

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From ‘Soft’ to ‘Hard’ Power? Changing visions of Diplomacy by Design from 1945 Onwards at the University of Brighton

By Tania Messell The role of design in diplomatic encounters was the topic of the research Symposium ‘From “Soft” to “Hard” Power? Changing visions of Diplomacy by Design from 1945 Onwards’, held at the University of Brighton in November 2015. Organised by Dr Harriet Atkinson and Dr Verity Clarkson, and supported by the Internationalising Design…

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Internationalising Design History Research Cluster

The Internationalising Design History research cluster launched in autumn 2014 offers a focus for those interested in the field of design history. It aims to develop and extend the study of design in all its forms, through its undergraduate and postgraduate work, as well as through research. Led and directed by Professor Jeremy Aynsley with…

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Internationalising Design History research cluster Blog

Launched in January 2016 by the Internationalising Design History research cluster, this blog aims at giving a live feed of IDH’s activities, features the activities of its members, and favour exchanges between IDH and the wider research community. This online space complements IDH’s recently launched Twitter account, @IDH Research, which together aims at becoming an effective…

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