The annual Design History Society Conference is a prestigious, international event, which offers a platform for an interdisciplinary approach to research and critical debate in design history. Each year the conference is hosted by a different convening institution that works closely with the Society to organise the conference on a theme chosen by the convenor. The annual conference aims to bring together and offer a forum for emerging and established scholars, museum professionals and design practitioners who engage with debates on cultures of design from both contemporary and historical perspectives. It is the particular aim of the conference to further global dialogues on design and its histories.

Past conferences have been hosted at Delft (2006), Falmouth (2008), Hertfordshire (2009), Barcelona (2011), Brighton (2012), Ahmedabad (2013), Oxford (2014), San Francisco (2015), Middlesex (2016) and Oslo (2017).

Call for Convenors

The Design History Society warmly welcomes proposals from individual members and institutions that support research and education in design history to host its 2020 Annual Conference. Continue reading.

DHS 2019: The Cost of Design

Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

5 September 2019

DHS 2018: Design and Displacement

Parsons School of Design, New York

6 September 2018

DHS 2017: Making and Unmaking the Environment

University of Oslo, Norway

7 September 2017

Design and Time (updated)
Design and Time (updated)

School of Art & Design, Middlesex University, London

8 September 2016

"How we live, and How we might live": Design and the Spirit of Critical Utopianism
"How we live, and How we might live": Design and the Spirit of Critical Utopianism

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California

11 September 2015

Design for War and Peace

Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, UK

4 September 2014

Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspectives

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India

5 September 2013

Design Activism and Social Change

Barcelona, Spain

6 September 2011