University of Brighton Design Archives

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Gallery view showing giant green book titled 'Conference on design methods' on left side of image. The right side shows exhibition test , display table and framed images on the wall.

Design Research & Its Participants 2016

Design Research & Its Participants was an invited curatorial intervention in the fiftieth anniversary conference of the Design Research Society, taking place in Brighton 24-27 June 2016.  Curated by Dr Lesley Whitworth, Design Archives’ Deputy Curator, the exhibition examined the inter-play of individuals associated with a range of design organisations active in the later twentieth…

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Black and white photo of Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham , view from sea facing the side of building.

Joseph Emberton: the architecture of display 2015

The Joseph Emberton Archive has been made available for research at the University of Brighton Design Archives since 2002. This exhibition for Pallant House, curated by Professor Catherine Moriarty and Design Archives Archivist and Research Fellow, Sue Breakell, presents selected material from the collection alongside loans from the RIBA Library to explore the buildings of…

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Screengrab from Exploring British Design website showing an interactive map of designers linked with the Council of Industrial Design/Design Council

Exploring British Design

Exploring British Design is a proof of concept, cross-sector web portal that conjoins data, expertise and audiences. It connects and amplifies information about Britain’s rich design history held in numerous museums and archives. Through the building of detailed biographical authority records as entry points, linked together by the relationships between people, organisations and events, the project,…

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Leah Armstrong presenting a paper

Design Exchange

Led by Professor Harriet Edquist, Director of RMIT Design Archives, Melbourne and Professor Catherine Moriarty, Curatorial Director of the University of Brighton Design Archives, this alliance sought to establish foundations for co-operation across the world in the form of research projects, exhibitions, knowledge transfer, continuing professional development and doctoral research. icam 17: Montreal – New…

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Portrait orientated poster for "Black Eyes & Lemonade" exhibition at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. The text " Black Eyes & Lemonade Whitechapel Art Gallery" is separated by 2 drawings on yellow background of an eye in black ink.

‘Black Eyes & Lemonade: Curating Popular Art’ 2013

An exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, (9 March – 1 September 2013) A radical exhibition of popular art opened at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in the summer of 1951. Its curator, the artist, designer, writer and campaigner, Barbara Jones, described the exhibits as, ‘things that people make or are manufactured to their taste’. For…

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Image shows pictures of three books of stamps and an addressed letter, with a postbox in the distance. Text reads "buy stamps in books. save time."

Poster Subject Specialist Network

The University of Brighton Design Archives is a member of the Arts Council-supported Subject Specialist Network for Posters. Archivist, Sue Breakell took part in a Posters Forum held at the V&A in May 2012 and Curatorial Director, Catherine Moriarty spoke at the conference Posters: Creation, Collection and Context, held at the V&A on 1 March…

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Portrait of FHK Henrion posing at drawing desk with drawing tools in his hands.

F H K Henrion research seminar 2012

Tuesday 24 July 2012 Hosted by the Design Archives, Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton The Design Archives holds the rich and extensive archive of the designer FHK Henrion (1914-1990), which has enormous potential for research. A recent research seminar brought together six speakers invited to map current research drawing on Henrion’s archive and to…

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Black and white photo of litter bin with ad for The New Worker - South Africa: End Apartheid! Sanctions Now!

‘House of the Vernacular’ exhibition 2011

Photographs of litter bins from the Design Council Picture Library were included in one of the major shows of the Brighton Photo Biennial. Selected by Martin Parr, the images formed part of the exhibition ‘House of the Vernacular’, an installation comprising seven diverse collections of vernacular photography by commercial and non-professional photographers from around the…

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Black and white photo of Festival of Britain showing view of Skylon with pedestrians at dusk. Dome of Discovery on the left.

60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain 2011

This year an exciting and diverse range of projects engaged with the extensive holdings in the Design Archives relating to the Festival of Britain. These include 77 files and over 400 photographs in the Design Council Archive dealing with the design of the various pavilions on the South Bank, papers and photographs in the F…

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Diagram of the organisation of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Archiving Design Organisations 2011

Archiving Design Organisations A Design Archives seminar funded by the Design History Society Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton Monday, 6 June 2011 
10 – 3pm The Design Archives at the University of Brighton hold the archives of three major design organisations – the Design Council, the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) and…

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