Design History Society

Design History Society The Design History Society works internationally to promote and support the study and understanding of design history. The Society welcomes members from other disciplines such as anthropology, architecture and art history, business history, the history of science and technology, craft history, cultural studies, economic and social history, design and design management studies.

The Society encourages liberal and inclusive definitions of design history and its methods, approaches and resources. These definitions take in the function, form and materials of artefacts of the pre-industrial and industrial periods, up to and including the present day. These definitions also include artefacts' production, dissemination and consumption as well as their cultural, economic and social meanings.

The first event of the 2020-2021 DHS Student Forum begins today at 7pm (UK time) https://www.designhistorysociety.org/ev...
20/10/2020
DHS Virtual Student Forum / Design in Quarantine team, Fleur Elkerton and Anna Talley - Events - Design History Society

The first event of the 2020-2021 DHS Student Forum begins today at 7pm (UK time) https://www.designhistorysociety.org/events/view/dhs-virtual-student-forum-design-in-quarantine-team-fleur-elkerton-and-anna-talley?fbclid=IwAR3Qehl1mGOTce-RIgBphrAV_Z0Yq0j5gqtTWD0dqigm1JgZDlrwatDEsgI

Design in Quarantine was founded in April of 2020 in order to document and preserve in real-time design responses to the Coronavirus pandemic. Inspired by the...

07/10/2020
Postcard from Basel

Today in the mail, the convening team of the DHS 2021 conference shares some highlights of the design process for the event's CI; https://bit.ly/34yicbb

#memoryfull?
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Visit the DHS blog where Research Publication Grant awardee Zeina Maasri shares a vivid account of the visual culture, d...
23/09/2020
Report: DHS Research Publication Grant by Zeina Maasri - Blog - Design History Society

Visit the DHS blog where Research Publication Grant awardee Zeina Maasri shares a vivid account of the visual culture, design, and politics in the Beirut of 1960s through her recently published monograph.
https://www.designhistorysociety.org/blog/view/report-dhs-research-publication-grant-by-zeina-maasri

Thanks to the DHS Research Publication Grant I was able to include a coloured plate section of forty pages in my new book, Cosmopolitan Radicalism: The Visual...

23/09/2020
Postcard from Basel 2

Here's a new postcard sent by the DHS 2021 annual conference conveners all the way from Basel! Click the link to check the mailbox; https://bit.ly/32GakEN

#memoryfull? #designhistorysociety #dhs #hgkfhnw #design #designhistory #designconference #COVID19 #postcardsfrombasel

16/09/2020
Postdoctoral researcher and Doctoral candidate (2 positions) for a project on NEW COTTON | Aalto University

Vacancy: Aalto University are seeking a Postdoctoral researcher and Doctoral candidate (2 positions) for a project on NEW COTTON https://www.aalto.fi/en/open-positions/postdoctoral-researcher-and-doctoral-candidate-2-positions-for-a-project-on-new

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Congratulations to the Winners of the Design Writing and Essay Prizes; Dr. Livia Rezende (University of New South Wales,...
15/09/2020
Congratulations to the Winners of the Design Writing and Essay Prizes! - News - Design History Society

Congratulations to the Winners of the Design Writing and Essay Prizes; Dr. Livia Rezende (University of New South Wales, Australia), Karen Fraser (University of Brighton), and Hannah Kempster (University of Brighton)! https://www.designhistorysociety.org/news/view/congratulations-to-the-winners-of-the-design-writing-and-essay-prizes

The Design History Society would like to share the outcome of the Design Writing and Essay Prizes (undergraduate and postgraduate categories). This year, we...

The DHS Virtual Student Forum begins with the Design in Quarantine team, Fleur Elkerton, and Anna Talley! Find out more ...
15/09/2020

The DHS Virtual Student Forum begins with the Design in Quarantine team, Fleur Elkerton, and Anna Talley! Find out more on http://studentforum.online

Ever wondered how the kitchen was modernised in countries outside Ireland? Sign up for the online Kitchen Power: Nationa...
09/09/2020
ONLINE SYMPOSIUM - Kitchen Power: National Parallels | Country Life | National Museum of Ireland

Ever wondered how the kitchen was modernised in countries outside Ireland? Sign up for the online Kitchen Power: National Parallels symposium on 16/17 September, which looks at examples from Canada to South Korea: National Museum of Ireland National College of Art & Design, Dublin Irish Countrywomen's Association (ICA) Kingston School of Art Age & Opportunity https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Country-Life/Events/092020/ONLINE-SYMPOSIUM-Kitchen-Power-National-Parallels

An international online symposium which looks at the parallels and differences between mid-century modern kitchens in national contexts from Ireland to Spain, Scandinavia, Canada and Korea.

09/09/2020
Postcard from Basel

You have a postcard from the DHS 2021 annual conference convenors! Here's the link to read it; https://bit.ly/35eM6TN

#memoryfull?
#designhistorysociety #dhs #hgkfhnw #design #designhistory #designconference #COVID19 #archive ##postcardsfrombasel

A current project granted funding from the DHS Virtual Student Award https://designinquarantine.com
29/07/2020
Design in Quarantine

A current project granted funding from the DHS Virtual Student Award https://designinquarantine.com

Design in Quarantine was founded in April of 2020 in order to document and preserve in real time design responses to the Coronavirus pandemic.

15/07/2020
H-Net Job Guide

Announcing a Postdoc Research Position: The Global History of Material Culture and Technology, 1850 – 2000 at the Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), near Frankfurt, Germany https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=60214

The Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), near Frankfurt, Germany, announces a two-year post-doctoral research position, beginning 1 October 2020. We welcome applications from talented and diligent historians of all genders who are about to develop an independent research profile in the....

DHS Publication Grant Awarded 'Fashion in Multiple Chinas: Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape' is now in Paperb...
03/07/2020
DHS Publication Grant Awarded 'Fashion in Multiple Chinas: Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape' is now in Paperback. - News - Design History Society

DHS Publication Grant Awarded 'Fashion in Multiple Chinas: Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape' is now in Paperback. https://www.designhistorysociety.org/news/view/dhs-publication-grant-awarded-fashion-in-multiple-chinas-chinese-styles-in-the-transglobal-landscape-is-now-in-paperback

Please join us in celebrating the editors and contributing authors of the DHS publication grant awarded, Fashion in Multiple Chinas: Chinese Styles in the...

There is now less than one week until the 30th June deadline for our series of awards:Undergraduate student essay prizeP...
24/06/2020
Overview - Awards - Design History Society

There is now less than one week until the 30th June deadline for our series of awards:

Undergraduate student essay prize
Postgraduate essay prize
Design Writing prize
Virtual event grant
Remote Teaching Award

Follow the link for details on how to enter https://www.designhistorysociety.org/awards/overview

Welcome to the Design History Society, the leading organisation for design historians, curators and practitioners.

100 Beautiful Things - Sustainability: Designing for a better world. The second in a series of five webinars around feat...
23/06/2020
100 Beautiful Things - Sustainability: Designing for a better world - News - Design History Society

100 Beautiful Things - Sustainability: Designing for a better world. The second in a series of five webinars around featured themes carrying through the virtual exhibition. https://www.designhistorysociety.org/news/view/100-beautiful-things-sustainability-designing-for-a-better-world

Launched in April this year by the V&A Waterfront and Platform Creative Agency, 100 Beautiful Things aims to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of the...

Exciting news! + Deadline approaching. Winking faceAs the Student Travel Award is constrained, we are delighted to offer...
22/06/2020

Exciting news! + Deadline approaching. Winking face
As the Student Travel Award is constrained, we are delighted to offer students the Virtual Design History Award to encourage interaction, debate and research activity in design history proposed by and for Students. https://bit.ly/2Ux9feh

2019 DHS Conference Bursary recipient, Catriona Quinn, shares her invaluable personal experiences and observations in pa...
22/06/2020
Report: DHS Conference Bursary by Catriona Quinn - Blog - Design History Society

2019 DHS Conference Bursary recipient, Catriona Quinn, shares her invaluable personal experiences and observations in participating in the DHS annual conference, providing us a glimpse through the panels. https://www.designhistorysociety.org/blog/view/report-dhs-conference-bursary-by-catriona-quinn-1

The 2018 DHS conference, at the Parsons School in New York was a career highlight – arriving knowing not a soul, I felt I had at last found my field. New...

Modernity + Coloniality: A free online summer course on coloniality and decoloniality by Ahmad Ansari. The course is for...
16/06/2020
Modernity + Coloniality: A free online summer course on coloniality and decoloniality - News - Design History Society

Modernity + Coloniality: A free online summer course on coloniality and decoloniality by Ahmad Ansari. The course is for everyone but especially design students! https://www.designhistorysociety.org/news/view/modernity-coloniality-a-free-online-summer-course-on-coloniality-and-decoloniality

“Many words are walked in the world. Many worlds are made. Many worlds make us. There are words and worlds that are lies and injustices. There are words and...

CfP: International Journal of Fashion Studies, Special Issue on Decolonizing Fashion as Process https://www.designhistor...
16/06/2020
CfP: International Journal of Fashion Studies, Special Issue on Decolonizing Fashion as Process - News - Design History Society

CfP: International Journal of Fashion Studies, Special Issue on Decolonizing Fashion as Process https://www.designhistorysociety.org/news/view/cfp-international-journal-of-fashion-studies-special-issue-on-decolonizing-fashion-as-process

Decolonizing fashion is not an isolated event, an act that happens and completes itself. This is the case whether we are talking about symbols of political...

Exciting news! + Deadline approaching. 😉As the Student Travel Award is constrained, we are delighted to offer students t...
12/06/2020

Exciting news! + Deadline approaching. 😉
As the Student Travel Award is constrained, we are delighted to offer students the Virtual Design History Award to encourage interaction, debate and research activity in design history proposed by and for Students. https://bit.ly/2Ux9feh

Call for participation: Fashion Education Conference, The American University of Paris, 2-3 October 2020 https://www.des...
10/06/2020
Call for participation: Fashion Education Conference, The American University of Paris, 2-3 October 2020 - News - Design History Society

Call for participation: Fashion Education Conference, The American University of Paris, 2-3 October 2020 https://www.designhistorysociety.org/news/view/call-for-participation-fashion-education-conference-the-american-university-of-paris-2-3-october-2020

Fashion Education Conference, Learning and Teaching in Fashion Theory and Practice Call for Participation: How can we learn and teach fashion today and...

The Design History Society condemns the brutal killing of George Floyd and all the systemic practices of marginalisation...
10/06/2020
Design History Society’s Board of Trustees’ solidarity statement - News - Design History Society

The Design History Society condemns the brutal killing of George Floyd and all the systemic practices of marginalisation and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, class and intersectionality. Please follow the link for more; https://www.designhistorysociety.org/news/view/design-history-societys-board-of-trustees-solidarity-statement

The Design History Society condemns the brutal killing of George Floyd and the many individuals who have lost lives and suffered as a result of racist...

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AUTHORS SHOULD PLACE OUT-OF-PRINT BOOKS ON THE NET! -- It is getting harder to re-publish books. Students scan books for their classes… because students prefer to get books free on the Net with a click, rather than to buy, or go to library. -- Trausti Valsson, https://notendur.hi.is/tv/ prof. of planning, Univ. of Iceland; has now placed his 14 books free on his page to set an example. Authors should place their out-of-print books on the Net, as their costs have been covered. It is a big loss if important books become unavailable. The cry of the day is Open Access! Comments on Valsson´s books: Joe McBride, Prof. at LAEP, UC Berkeley: … “Shaping the Future should be required reading in introductory courses in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning for its insights into the field of planning in the 20th century and its ability to inspire students to be courageous, creative-thinkers.“ Prof. Sir Peter Hall, UCL London, in his preface to “Planning in Iceland”: "Trausti Valsson has achieved an extra ordinary feat of scholarship.“ ... "Valsson´s book sets a new standard in historical scholarship and provides a model for other scholars in other countries to follow.” -- Professor Valsson was the first to be awarded the Honorary Prize of The Icelandic Planners“.
I appreciate what the design history society is doing, i am the first Nigerian to have MA in design history and presently working on my PhD in design history too. I will be happy to be a member of the Society. Thank you very much.
'Portrait of a woman in silk'. Hear the fascinating story of Anna Maria Garthwaite, the famous Spitalfields silk designer who fostered the craze for botanical silk designs. 11th October. One of our amazing Huguenot Month events. http://www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org/walks-events/huguenot-footsteps/portrait-of-a-woman-in-silk-spitalfields-designer-anna-maria-garthwaite.html
'Portrait of a woman in silk'. Hear the fascinating story of Anna Maria Garthwaite, the famous Spitalfields silk designer who fostered the craze for botanical silk designs. 11th October. One of our amazing Huguenot Month events. http://www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org/walks-events/huguenot-footsteps/portrait-of-a-woman-in-silk-spitalfields-designer-anna-maria-garthwaite.html
A CFP for a Design History session being run by myself and Robyne Calvert at AAH 2019 at University of Brighton. Deadline for abstracts is 5th November 2018. See link for more details.
Please share the cfp for the Design History Society panel at the College Arts Association Conference in New York February 13-16, 2019 - deadline August 6th Building the Box of Beautiful Things: Contemporary Artists and Design History This panel explores how design-historical concepts have been mobilised within contemporary art (c.1945 to present). Recent analyses have tended to identify ‘crossovers’ between art and design by focussing on how artists integrate their work with design practice to supersede art’s techniques of production and display or to disenchant art and re-engage with the social domain. However, few commentators have considered how arts practitioners (artists and curators) have historicised and legitimated their attempts to put art to use within discourses established in the history of design, principally concerning utility and function, but also taste, labour relations, style, and codes of consumption. In such cases, arts practitioners often put design history to creative use or misuse, challenge or misunderstand (whether wilfully or not) its disciplinary protocols and narratives and take an integrative or fantastic approach to the development of design problems and their logics. In return, correlating contemporary art to design history has allowed these same practitioners to turn outward, to think and practice environmentally, in the social interest, or across cultural distinctions and hierarchies. We invite paper proposals in various subjects areas, including but not limited to: Environmental art and design. Information design and the cognitive arts. The return to making, craft, and decoration. The social turn. Experimental pedagogies. The invocation of key figures within design history, such as Ruskin, Loos, or the Constructivists. Email the following directly to the session chairs [email protected] or [email protected]: Completed session participation proposal form. Make sure your name appears EXACTLY as you would like it listed in the conference program and conference website.http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/programs/conference/CFP-form.pdf Paper/project abstract: maximum 250 words, as a single paragraph MS Word Document. Make sure your title and abstract appear EXACTLY as you would like them published in the conference program, Abstracts 2019, and the CAA website. Email explaining your interest in the session, expertise in the topic, and availability during the conference. A shortened CV (close to 2 pages) Deadline August 6, 2018
I read that american goverment had been ordered rules to manufacturers to produce ultra strong , long life and one price goods after WW2. I read that at the american design adventure mit book. What is the name of these standarts , how can I read them and IS THIS STORY TRUE ?
Check our paper: Imaging Vernacular Architecture: A Dialogue with Anthropology on Building Process
Call for proposals for new book series Palgrave Studies in Fashion and the Body
Design historians will have much to contribute to 'Victorian Patterns', the 2018 British Association for Victorian Studies conference at the University of Exeter from 29-31 August 2018. Here is the CFP.
CALL FOR PAPERS Dossier: Cartographies of Design: Stories, Projects, Agendas CAIANA http://caiana.caia.org.ar/template/caiana.php?pag=../static/normas.php The call for papers for this dossier will remain open until January 20, 2018 Dossier: Cartographies of Design: Stories, Projects, Agendas Coordination: Monica Farkas (FFyL-FADU_ University of Buenos Aires. Argentina. FADU - Universidad de la Republica. Montevideo, Uruguay) This Caiana dossier invites reflection on Design based on the call for texts which, with no geographical boundaries, approaches its configuration as a disciplinary field through the study of phenomena permitting the identification of its problem areas in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Also, it seeks to introduce a questioning of the categories that organized cartographies based on the material conditions of production of artefacts which are today a part of the History of Design, but were created when this discipline did not exist as such. A historiographical gaze on the constitution of Design as a disciplinary field evidences that, during the last three decades, Design theoreticians and historians intended to distance themselves from accounts legitimating and not problematizing the discipline. Inasmuch as Design consolidated itself and developed as an autonomous area with specific modalities of production of knowledge, it was more open to debating acritical assumptions and normative and prescriptive methodologies. Design was included in political agendas with various aims in mind: with the promise of representing the space par excellence from which to transform society and the lives of people, in order to produce development and innovation in public administration and policy, with the aim of exploring possible worlds outside the context of immediate necessity although it was also considered a manipulative, deceptive, sumptuary practice. In that framework, we can claim that Design negotiated its boundaries with Art, Economy, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Communication, Geography, Architecture and the Design disciplines, among others, not only because of its constitutively interdisciplinary nature, but also because its problem areas enabled the emergence of new fields of study, such as Design Culture, Visual Culture, Material Culture, Cultural Studies, the Sociology of Culture and Graphic Culture. This has led us to speak about Culture(s), History (ies) and more recently Economy (ies) of Design to account for the scenarios, not devoid of conflictivity, in which its various objects of study are configured in contemporaneity. In the context of the discussion about the conditions of possibility of a global history Design, certain characterizations have been criticized which define it as a field for industrially produced artefacts, i.e. machine-made artefacts produced in series. This gaze excluded from historic accounts experiences of countries with very sophisticated Design cultures, but which did not respond to that form of production or in which other relations were hierarchically-ordered, like the pair craftsmanship-design. Through this appeal, Caiana proposes a dossier dedicated for the first time to the history of Design. Its objective is to foreground the multiple dimensions associated to writing about Design, observing the way in which its institutionalization and its role in political, social, economic or technological visibilization and invisibilization has been problematized by theory, History and practice. Thus, there is an intention to prompt debate by means of case studies and/or the explicitation of historiographic artefacts in which design takes centre stage as an issue or as a device which is a vehicle for meanings and logics which are its own in order to affect and interact with other disciplines. Thematic focuses (not limiting) Historiographic perspectives of Design histories of Latin American, African and Asian countries. Problems in the construction of a History on the specificity of design as a form of knowledge. Europe-US-Latin America dialogs in historiographic construction. Exchanges between Art History and design. Construction of otherness and gender perspectives in Design histories. History of international Design networks and organizations and their Latin American agendas. Interaction between Art History, Design History and Technology History in the State’s identity construction. Museum projects, collectionism and Design archives. Transmedia Design projects and information visualization devices in curatorial scripts for Art exhibitions. Universal and Industrial Exhibitions. Design as mediator, facilitator or as an obstacle in the generation, circulation and dissemination of knowledge. The call for papers for this dossier will remain open until January 20, 2018 Bear in mind that the magazine is indexed in the catalogue of the Latindex and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) information systems. See publishing guidelines at: http://caiana.caia.org.ar/template/caiana.php?pag=../static/normas.php E-mail address: [email protected] Facebook profile: caianarevista