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DHS 2017: Making and Unmaking the Environment

7 September - 9 September

University of Oslo, Norway

Design and designers hold an ambiguous place in environmental discourse. They are either blamed for causing...

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Papanek Symposium 2017: Design and Ethics (22 September 2017)

29 March 2017

Questions of design and ethics take on a new currency, form and prescience in a post-industrial, 'post-truth'...

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Report: DHS Research Publication Grant by Helena Chance
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Report: DHS Research Publication Grant by Helena Chance

21 March 2017 -

In February 2016 I was delighted to hear that my application for a Design History Society Research Publication Grant​ towards the preparation of my book 'The Factory in a Garden: A History of Corporate Landscapes from the Industrial Digital Age' was successful.

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JDH Vacancy: Managing Editor

17 March 2017

The Design History Society wishes to invite individuals to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History...

Feature: Where are the Women? Gender Disparities in Graphic Design History
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Feature: Where are the Women? Gender Disparities in Graphic Design History

11 March 2017 -

On International Women's Day 2017, I was given the great privilege of presenting my research on gender disparities in graphic design history to graphics students at Central Saint Martins. My talk was part of a debate entitled 'Do we need graphic design history?' between myself and Dr Paul Rennie​.

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Call for Panel Proposals: Design History Society Affiliated Society Panel with the College Art Association

8 March 2017

In 2017, the Design History Society facilitated its first panel as an Affiliated Society at the College Art...

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Talk: M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2016

27 February 2017

In this public talk, the 2016 recipients of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship - Joseph Grima, and the team of...

Report: DHS Research Travel Grant by Freya Gowrley
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Report: DHS Research Travel Grant by Freya Gowrley

25 February 2017 -

Thanks to a 2016 Research Travel Grant from the Design History Society, I was able to conduct crucial primary research for the completion of my monograph, which is provisionally titled From House to Home: Gender, Identity & Emotion in British Interior Design, 1750-1840.

Conference: Modern Living in Asia (10-11 April 2017)
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Conference: Modern Living in Asia (10-11 April 2017)

20 February 2017

This conference aims to develop the study of modern living in Asia between 1945 to 1990 from transnational...

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Report: DHS Student Travel Award by Lucia Floriana Savi

17 February 2017 -

Histories of Italian fashion have often highlighted the lives and careers of couturiers and individual stilisti, or the relevance of centres of Italian fashion at particular moments; however, the investigation of the actual material that constructs fashion - that is, textiles and their fibres - are overlooked.

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DHS Vacancies

11 February 2017

In this fortieth anniversary year since its foundation, the Design History Society is seeking to appoint new members...

Report: DHS Research Publication Grant by Katharina Pfuetzner
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Report: DHS Research Publication Grant by Katharina Pfuetzner

3 February 2017 -

I would like to express my gratitude to the Design History Society for awarding me the 2016 Research Publication Grant. This funding will go towards covering the costs of clearing image rights for my forthcoming book Designing for Socialist Need: Industrial Design Practice in the German Democratic Republic (Routledge, 2017).

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Call for Papers: International Design Organisations: Histories, Legacies, Values

2 February 2017

International Design Organisations: Histories, Legacies, Values A conference to examine the histories, legacies...

Volume 30, Number 1, 2017
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Volume 30, Number 1, 2017

1 February 2017

Exclusive for DHS Members: The Bolted Book
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Exclusive for DHS Members: The Bolted Book

27 January 2017

Designers & Books launched a Kickstarter on 18 October 2016 to publish a new facsimile edition of Depero Futurista...

Feature: Unmaking Things 2017
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Feature: Unmaking Things 2017

26 January 2017 -

Unmaking Things is a blog run by students of the MA History of Design course, jointly run by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Established in 2011 as a microsite under the full name 'Unmaking Things: a Design History Studio', it was conceived as 'an online studio within which students of the course could practice their craft'.

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​Museum of Transology: Friday 20 January - Saturday 22 April 2017
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​Museum of Transology: Friday 20 January - Saturday 22 April 2017

16 January 2017

Museum of Transology (#Transology) Friday 20 January - Saturday 22 April...

Report on the Dutch Design History Society’s annual symposium, 9th December 2016.
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Report on the Dutch Design History Society’s annual symposium, 9th December 2016.

13 January 2017 -

Over the last five years there has been a shift within design history away from the preoccupation with national studies in design, towards interrogating the constructedness of culture and national identity as such (eg Engelke & Hochscherf, 2015; Gimeno-Martinez, 2016) and furthermore with rethinking design within a complex set of global or transnational networks and contexts (eg Adamson, Riello & Teasley, 2011; Kirkham & Weber, 2013; Huppatz, 2015; Margolin, 2015; Edwards, 2015; Fallan & Lees-Maffei, 2016; El Maasri, PhD 2016; et al). This scholarly shift is also tangible in the re-cataloguing and re-display of design objects in museums, as was apparent in curatorial presentations at the Taipei-based International Conference on Design History and Design Studies on ‘Building Trans/national Contemporary Design History’ held in October, for example.

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Call for Applications HKB?MA Communication Design

13 January 2017

Call for Applications: HKB / MA Communication Design(Deadline: March 15, 2017) The Bern University of the...