COVID-19 update

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The Journal of Design History, the Society's periodical, is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Design History Society. It is the leading journal in its field and plays an active role in the development of design history.

In publication since 1988, the research-focused mouthpiece of the Design History Society (DHS), the Journal of Design History (JDH) –- embraces the history of a range of design-related subjects, from furniture to product design, graphic design, craft, fashion, textiles, architectural interiors and exhibitions. Its orientation and reach are global. The Journal addresses the history of design from a humanities perspective primarily, but it also borrows methods from related fields including the social sciences, material culture studies and cultural studies. Having established design history as a discrete discipline, the JDH also aims to be of interest to historically aware and critically engaged design practitioners and educators.

The Journal includes articles - in-depth case-studies with a level of general appeal; shorter pieces addressing museums and archives; and book reviews. In addition to the general issues, special issues focus on selected themes.

Members of the Design History Society receive the JDH quarterly as part of their subscription.


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Volume 28, Number 3
Volume 28, Number 3

1 September 2015

Volume 28, number 1
Volume 28, number 1

1 March 2015

Volume 27, Number 4
Volume 27, Number 4

4 November 2014

Volume 27, Number 3
Volume 27, Number 3

1 September 2014

Volume 26, number 4
Volume 26, number 4

1 November 2013

Volume 26, number 3
Volume 26, number 3

1 September 2013

Volume 26, number 1
Volume 26, number 1

1 February 2013

Volume 24, number 1
Volume 24, number 1

1 March 2011

Volume 23, number 4
Volume 23, number 4

1 December 2010

Volume 23, number 3
Volume 23, number 3

1 September 2010

Editorial Board

Claire O’Mahony (Ex Officio, Chair of Design History Society)

University of Oxford

Penny Sparke (Chair of the Editorial Board)

Kingston University

Priscila Farias (Editor)

Departamento de Projeto/Programação Visual FAUUSP

Zoë Hendon (Archives & Collections)

Middlesex University

Rebecca Houze (Editor)

Northern Illinois University

Daniel Huppatz (Editor)

Swinburne University of Technology

Fiona Fisher (Managing Editor)

Kingston University

Sarah A. Lichtman (Reviews Editor)

Parsons School of Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Jane Pavitt (Editor)

Kingston University

John Potvin (Editor)

Concordia University

Advisory Board

Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan
Ambedkar University Delhi

Clive Dilnot
Parsons School of Design and the New School in New York

Ben Highmore
University of Sussex

Pat Kirkham
Kingston University

Yasuko Suga
Tsuda College, Tokyo

Fedja Vukic
University of Zagreb

Toshio Watanabe
Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London

Jonathan Woodham
University of Brighton