We welcome you to join us in celebrating the publication of International Design Organizations: histories, legacies, values (Bloomsbury, 2022). During the event, an international group of authors will join the editors in a shared discussion to reflect on the histories and contemporary significance of international design organizations across a wide global spread.

In the second half of the 20th century, many non-governmental organizations were created to address urgent cultural, economic and welfare issues. Design organizations set out to create an international consensus for the future direction of design. This included the aims to enhance communication between professionals, educators and practitioners, raising standards for design, and creating communities of designers across linguistic, national and political borders. From the perspective of today, we can open to question the aims and achievements of these organizations in light of their subsequent histories and their global remits.

Thursday 26 May 2022
Online via MS Teams

This online event is free and open to all, book your place to receive joining instructions: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/centre-for-design-history-university-of-brighton/t-dvaplqg


About the book
This innovative volume brings together international design scholars to address the history and present-day status of national and international design organizations, working across design disciplines and located in countries including Argentina, Turkey, Estonia, Switzerland, Italy, China and the USA.Shared needs and agendas were identified and categories of design constantly defined and re-defined, often with overt cultural and political intents. Drawing on an impressive range of original research, archival sources and oral testimony, this volume questions the aims and achievements of national and international design organizations in light of their subsequent histories and their global remits. The Cold War period is central to the book, while many chapters draw on post-colonial perspectives to interpret how transnational networks and negotiations took place at events and congresses, and through publication.


Dr Jeremy Aynsley
Professor of Design History
Centre for Design History
University of Brighton

Dr Alison J. Clarke
Chair, Design History and Theory
Director, Papanek Foundation
University of Applied Arts Vienna

Dr Tania Messell
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Basel

Dr Dora Souza Dias
Lecturer in Graphic Design Theory and Practice
University of the Arts London, London