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Explore our unique, world-renowned collections, documenting British design and global design organisations, with a focus on the period since the 1940s.

Brighton School of Art

The Brighton School of Art was established above the kitchen of the Royal Pavilion in January 1859, moving to its own building in Grand Parade in 1877. Achieving national standing and expanding substantially in subsequent decades, the school moved into… Continue Reading →

Paul Clark

Born in 1940, Paul Clark established his reputation with designs that represent the emergence of British Pop culture. The archive comprises almost forty objects, from mugs to clocks, as well as documentation relating to their manufacture and consumption. It is… Continue Reading →

Theo Crosby

Theo Crosby (1925-1994) was an architect, sculptor, writer and designer. Working collaboratively across a range of disciplines, he was influential in shaping perceptions of the built environment of the late twentieth century. Crosby studied in South Africa, before coming to… Continue Reading →

Keith Cunningham

Keith Cunningham (1929-2014) was a graphic designer and painter.  Born in Sydney, Australia, he moved to London at the age of 20 and studied graphic design at the Central School of Art, and later painting at the RCA.  He was… Continue Reading →

Dorrit Dekk

Dorrit Dekk (1917-2014) was a graphic designer and artist.  Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, she studied theatre design in Vienna and then display and commercial art at the Reimann School in London.  Working for the Central Office of Information in the… Continue Reading →

Willy de Majo

De Majo played a major role within the international design community in the second half of the twentieth century. He founded ICOGRADA, whose archive came to the university in 2003, and was vocal in his support of designers and in… Continue Reading →

Design Council

This major collection charts the extensive activities of the Council of Industrial Design, founded in 1944, through to its re-designation as the Design Council in 1972 and its restructuring in 1994. It includes material relating to all spheres of the… Continue Reading →

Joseph Emberton

Joseph Emberton (1889-1956) was one of Britain’s most significant architects during the inter-war period. His projects, introducing modern design to broad audiences, include the British Empire Hall at Olympia (1929) and Blackpool Pleasure Beach (1935-39). Emberton designed the striking Royal… Continue Reading →

Edwin J Embleton

Edwin J Embleton (1907 – 2000) is most widely recognised for his work as studio manager at Odhams Press and in the Publications Division of the Ministry of Information during the Second World War. The Archive includes a diverse range… Continue Reading →

Anthony Froshaug

Anthony Froshaug (1920 -1984) studied at the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London in the 1930s. He established himself as a freelance printer, typographer and exhibition designer influenced by the progressive European typography of Jan Tschichold whose work… Continue Reading →

James Gardner

James Gardner (1907-1995) was one of Britain’s most imaginative post-war designers.   Best known for his exhibition work, he applied his skills in a variety of contexts; from illustration to ship design. The archive comprises works on paper that describe… Continue Reading →

F H K Henrion

Henrion (1914-1990) was born in Germany and studied textile design in Paris before joining the poster design school of Paul Colin. During the Second World War he was employed by the British Ministry of Information and the US Office of… Continue Reading →

Richard Hollis

Richard Hollis is a graphic designer, writer and teacher. This archive documents the range of his practice across graphic design, writing, teaching and activism. Hollis has taught at various London art schools, as well as having established, with Norman Potter,… Continue Reading →


The International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) has been the professional world body for graphic design and visual communication since it was founded in London in 1963. A voluntary grouping of world-wide associations with a strong educational remit, it… Continue Reading →


The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) was founded in London in 1957 with the aim of promoting the status of industrial designers, raising the standard of industrial design through training and education, and encouraging cooperation between industrial… Continue Reading →

Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones (1912-1978) studied mural decoration at the Royal College of Art and was part of the circle of artists associated with its heyday in the 1930s. Various shipping companies, hotels and restaurants commissioned her designs and she worked on… Continue Reading →

Natasha Kroll

Natasha Kroll (1912 – 2004) studied display design at the Reimann School in Berlin, and joined its teaching staff when the school moved to London in 1936. In 1942 Kroll was appointed display manager at Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd where her… Continue Reading →

W H Mayall

W H Mayall (1923-1998) began his career as a draughtsman in the aviation industry. In 1959 he moved to the Council of Industrial Design, later becoming Senior Projects Officer. He lectured, wrote articles and books, liased with industry and mounted… Continue Reading →

H A Rothholz

Hans Arnold Rothholz (1919-2000) was born in Dresden. He arrived in Britain in 1933 and enrolled at the Reimann School where he studied commercial art and display design. Rothholz went on to design posters for clients including the Royal Society… Continue Reading →

Bernard Schottlander

Bernard Schottlander (1924-1999) is best known for his public sculpture. He began his career as a welder and plater and attended evening classes in sculpture at Leeds School of Art, later transferring to the Central School of Arts and Crafts… Continue Reading →

Alison Settle

Alison Settle (1891-1980) was a prolific journalist, a champion of women’s rights, editor of Vogue, and a contributor to the work of both the Council for Art & Industry and the Council of Industrial Design. Her archive comprises a body… Continue Reading →


The Vokins department store was a mainstay of the Brighton retail scene for over one hundred years until its closure in the 1997. The archive includes a wide variety of records: photographs, documents, press cuttings, ledgers, plans, and correspondence. These… Continue Reading →

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