University of Brighton Design Archives

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A black and white photographs showing an Ekco Gold Seal Superbath baby bath by Ekco Plastics Ltd. Designed by MO Rowlands MSIA. One of twenty products recognised in the COID 'Designs of the Year', 1958. Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.

Design Archives represented at Buckingham Palace

Last night (15 October) at Buckingham Palace, the Design Council and its guests celebrated 50 years of the Prince Philip Design Prize. Many past winners, as well as current nominees, were in attendance as His Royal Highness announced the winner of the 2009 prize, Andrew Richie, creator of the Brompton folding bicycle. The Design Council archive within the University of Brighton Design…

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Chosen for a letterpress exhibition at St Bride Library, London, 2009. From the Anthony Froshaug Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Anthony Froshaug in letterpress exhibition

Items from the Anthony Froshaug Archive are to be included in an exhibition at St Bride Library 27 October – 13 November. Entitled ‘Late letterpress: the work of Desmond Jeffery’, the exhibition focuses on hand-set letterpress. For Froshaug, letterpress was ‘a matrix upon which to develop a design programme’ whereas for Jeffery ‘the practice was…

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Blue Circle cement company logo, designed by FHK Henrion, reproduced on cement by artist and maker Steve Mace for the catalogue of his exhibition at the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, Brighton, 2009.

FHK Henrion and Steve Mace exhibition

Various items from the FHK Henrion Archive are to be included in an exhibition of cement-based work made over the past five years by artist Steve Mace. Steve’s work is a combination of production series and individual pieces relating to industrial processes and architectural forms. The work questions traditional printmaking techniques and research in the…

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Black and white image of a male figure statue standing over an outdoor fountain area outside the Homes and Gardens Pavilion at the Festival of Britain, 1951. Architects: Bronek Katz and Reginald Vaughan. Taken from the Design Council Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Design Archives in ‘unrivaled’ images project launch

The University of Brighton Design Archives is to take part in a new project to create an unrivaled online image library, comprising over 500 hours of film and 56,000 photos, that will be available free of charge for at least 25 years to UK higher and further education institutions from Summer 2010. Following £2.5 million…

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General view of the Kinoplakat 60/70 exhibition of Czechoslovak film poster design at the Hub Roof Gallery, 8 August until 27 September 2009. 20 posters on loan from the Icograda Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.

Design Archives lends posters to new exhibition

An exhibition of Czechoslovak Film Posters from the 1960s and 1970s bearing witness to a unique era of non-commercial film advertising under a politically restrained regime – the art-form of the film poster at its artistic peak.  The exhibition entitled KINOPLAKAT 60/70 takes place at the HUB National Centre for Craft & Design Roof Gallery…

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A purple and yellow cinema poster for a Satyajit Ray film called 'The Chess Players' on at The Academy Cinema One, Oxford Street (no date). Graphic design by Peter Strausfield. One of three posters donated to the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Cinema posters donation

A recent gift to the University of Brighton Design Archives from Robin Plummer, Dean of the Faculty 1975-1989, comprises three signed posters by the graphic designer Peter Strausfeld. Peter Strausfeld (1910-1980) taught graphic design at Brighton College of Art between 1959 and 1980. Throughout this time he continued to design posters for the Academy Cinema,…

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Woman in orange jumper looking at a framed advertising image for BOAC at the British Design Exhibition in North America (no date), picture taken from the Willy de Majo Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Willy de Majo Archive comes to the University

Willy de Majo played a significant role within the international design community in the second half of the twentieth century. He founded the International Council of Graphic Design Associations, whose archive came to the university in 2003, and was vocal in his support of designers and in his defence of their professional status. De Majo’s…

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Orange, green and black book cover. Book written by Victor Margolin, titled 'The Politics of the Artificial: Essays on Design and Design Studies'. Image from the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Donation from leading design scholar

The Design Archives are pleased to announce a generous donation from one of the leading figures in design studies, Professor Victor Margolin of University of Illinois, Chicago. Margolin’s gift brings significant supplementary material to the holdings of the Design Archives. Author of key texts in the field and a founding editor of the journal Design…

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