1 June 2021, 7 - 8pm

We look forward to welcoming you to “Lightning Talks: Design + History + Practice” the last event of the DHS Virtual Student Forum 2020-21 series, convened by Jennifer McHugh. Here is the line-up of Lightning Talks:

Jenna Allsopp, 'Conceptualising Amateur Film as Digital Craft/ivism'
Jenna is a final year PhD student at the University of Brighton, UK, where she also completed her BA and MA in the field of design history, and she works part time as the administrator of the DHS.

Rafael Amato, 'Design Encounters: Learning from the Difference'

Rafael Amato is a graphic designer currently doing his master's degree in Theory and History of Design at University of São Paulo (FAU–USP, Brazil).

Felicity Hall, 'Flowers, Family, and a Wedding Photo'

Following a career in arts management working with artists, circus companies, live art practitioners, touring theatre companies, local authorities and funders, I graduated from the History of Design MA at the V&A and RCA in 2016 where my dissertation was on the material culture and embodied skill of the contemporary florist. I am a PhD candidate at Kingston University where I am researching the professionalisation of floristry in the mid 20th century.

Toni Rutherford, 'Curiosity of a Maker'

Toni Rutherford is a maker just finishing her MA in History of Design run jointly by the V&A/RCA. Her work engages with making practices and knowledge exchange from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

Jennifer McHugh (convener)

Jennifer McHugh is a PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, conducting research in graphic design production in postwar East Central Europe and contemporary archive practice. Jennifer’s Lightning talks was awarded the DHS Virtual Design History Student Award.

Was there a particular moment that drove you to embark upon studies in design history? Perhaps it was an object, a reading or experience that sparked this journey or one which keeps you going. For this session, Lightning Talks, we invite students and learners of any kind to present an element of their research in design history. This may be a particular image or question you’re working on within the research. It may be an object you may wish to hold up on screen and discuss. Or it might be a part of your process and methodology (something all of us will appreciate has possibly necessarily changed during the past year) or a distinct topic in design history you’re developing for projects outside your studies.


The call for participation for this event ended on 18 May 2021.

We encourage contributions from a wide range of people in order to give a broad perspective on our present ways of conducting research in design history.

Each person will have between 5-8 minutes. This ‘lightning’ moment is a short burst of time in which to share an element that sparks your passion about your work. As the session is brief, we will have space for somewhere between 6 and 10 students to present, leaving some time at the end for conversation with all those who presented and any people in the audience.

Please send us your name, title of talk and university course (if applicable), by Tuesday, 18th May. We will arrange a quick meeting with all the presenters prior to the session so everyone knows the schedule and timing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer McHugh (jmchugh2012@gmail.com / j.mchugh@soton.ac.uk).

We are looking forward to hearing your design lightning moments!


You can still follow this link to save your place for this event!