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Report | Art on the Streets: Film by Dr Harriet Atkinson

Design historian Dr Harriet Atkinson’s research into art on the streets in 1943 is the impetus behind a new Four Corners film narrated by Michael Rosen. Art on the Streets is a documentary created by University of Brighton design historian Dr Harriet… Continue Reading →

Report | Inaugural Expanding Graphic Design Histories Forum: a Reflection by Mandeep Sidhu

On 28 April 2023, Graphic Design colleagues from across the world—from Johannesburg to São Paulo—gathered virtually to take stock collectively of the work done so far through the Expanding Graphic Design Histories (EGDH) Seminar Series (2021-22), hosted by the Centre… Continue Reading →

About Us | How the Centre for Design History understands ‘Design’

This is the Centre for Design History’s statement on how our researchers think about ‘Design’, and how we understand our work At the Centre for Design History, we research ‘design’ in its broadest, most inclusive forms. We critique and question Western, industrialised and commercialised hierarchies and… Continue Reading →

Report | Making Visible the Storeroom Conference: a reflection by Research Assistant Cara Gathern

‘Lyric Essay, Unseen Spaces and the Possibility of the Imagination: Dr Craig Jordan-Baker’s ‘Dead Letter Office’, with a response from Zara Arshad (May 2023)’, by Cara Gathern Cara Gathern was a Senior Research Support Assistant for the Centre for Design… Continue Reading →

Event | IOTA II Research Seminar- Prof Jonathan M Woodham, 15th June 2023

Join us for the next session of our IOTA II Research Seminar Series – Free and open to all. More information, and the full series schedule can be found here. Rethinking histories of British Design since 1915: Empire, Welfare State and… Continue Reading →

Event | Conversation Pieces: Dayanita Singh and Rebecca M. Brown 

Conversation Pieces: Dayanita Singh and Rebecca M. Brown  20 June 2023, 4pm BST (8am PDT; 8:30pm IST) Online, on MS Teams The Centre for Design History at the University of Brighton held a live conversation with world-renowned book artist and… Continue Reading →

Event | Critiquing the (Design) Encyclopaedia Reading Group- 6th June 2023

Critiquing the (Design) Encyclopaedia Reading Group, Transnational Strand monthly Reading Group. This reading group will aim to explore the complexities of putting together an encyclopaedia of design to engage with the forthcoming University of Brighton edited volume of the Design… Continue Reading →

Event | IOTA II Research Seminar- Dr Nushelle de Silva: Boxes Beyond Borders, 25th May 2023

Join us for the next session of our IOTA II Research Seminar Series – Free and open to all. More information, and the full series schedule can be found here Dr Nushelle de Silva (She/her) received her PhD in architectural history… Continue Reading →

Report | Visiting Research Fellow | Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan: Maneklal and the mystery of an ‘Indian’ print

Visiting Research Fellow Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan reflects on her visit to Brighton in June 2022, and her research on Indian Print.  Design historians often work like detectives. Both set out to explain what they have encountered — seeking patterns in the… Continue Reading →

Event | Exhibition Histories Reading Group: Indigenous Ontologies- May 31st Online

The Climate Crisis and Indigenous Ontologies in the Museum Space In recent years, some museums have acknowledged their ability to shape public opinion, leading to an increase in space for museum or curatorial activism. This session will examine the case… Continue Reading →

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