Over the past year, we have all experienced unprecedented uncertainty within our respective institutions. Design historians and practitioners have been called upon to reconfigure and adapt their practice to virtual classrooms, studios and labs. In this series of events, we have called Teaching and Learning, Design History and Practice in the Virtual Space we have bought together Design historians and practitioners, Curators, museum professionals and archivists who are re-evaluating how to engage with students and audiences in the virtual space. Some who are also confronting ongoing reticence in diversifying the geographies and identities that we teach and research, reimagining the scope of histories of design. For some, these transitions have been seamless, whilst others have faced overwhelming challenges.
In this last event of the series: Virtual Learning: Archives and Objects we have bought together a number of speakers from the diverse geographic locations who capture a variety of techniques and processes in meeting the challenges of virtual teaching:
How can you Re-Design the “British” Country House when you cannot visit one?
Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, Curator, 17th and 18th Century Ceramics and Glass, V&A Museum, London.
How to Judge a Book by its Digitized Cover: Introducing Interdisciplinary Undergraduates to Print Publication Design History in a Virtual Classroom’
Amanda Lastoria, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
Collaborating with Special Collections in Virtual Space: Opportunities for curating, archiving and collecting
Bree McMahon, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Arkansas and Kara Flynn, Research and Educational Services Archivist in the Special Collections Division at the University of Arkansas.
Teaching with The People’s Graphic Design Archive Spotlight
Louise Sandhaus, Graphic Design Program/California Institute of the Arts.
Schroder House Project
Peter C. fine, College of Fine Arts University of Arizona and Mary Katherine Scott