Home

.

Conferences
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...

Events
Teaching Design History Day

18 May, 11am - 4pm

Design History Society Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL

Details coming soon.

Want to contribute to the DHS Newsletter?

We love to hear what our members are getting up to. If you'd like to contribute to the DHS Newsletter and get published on our website, just drop us an e-mail.

More details >
Report: DHS Research Travel Grant by Freya Gowrley
Blog
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)
News
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...

Blog
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.

News
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
Blog
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).

News
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...

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

Join the Design History Society

Design History Society members include all those interested in design: students, designers, lecturers, historians, researchers, craftspeople, manufacturers, archivists, curators, librarians and collectors. New members are always welcomed and actively encouraged to contribute to events and publications.

More details >
Feature: Unmaking Things 2017
Blog
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'.

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

News
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...

Student Conference Bursary Report: Lilián Sánchez-Moreno
Blog
Student Conference Bursary Report: Lilián Sánchez-Moreno

10 January 2017 -

The Design History Society Student Conference Bursary award, granted me the generous opportunity to attend the 2016 Annual Design History Society Conference Design and Time at Middlesex University; where I presented the paper “The emergence of Social Design Through Time and Space”. This paper forms part of my ongoing PhD dissertation: “Designing a Future Practice: A genealogy of the Social Design Discourse in the UK, 1970s-present”, at the University of Brighton. The broader research project traces the inclusion of social responsibility within the design profession in the UK, from the 1970s to present in the context of conferences and exhibitions, as a backdrop from which to analyse discursive shifts.

Design History Society Student Members Conference Bursary. Report on the 2016 Design History Society Annual Conference
Blog
Design History Society Student Members Conference Bursary. Report on the 2016 Design History Society Annual Conference

6 January 2017 -

The Annual Design History Society conference took place between 8 and 10 September at Middlesex University in London. It was followed by The International Conference on Design History and Design Studies organised in Taipei just a few weeks later. The temporal proximity of both events poses a question about the very nature of design history–its fragmentation into global, national or regional variants. Consequently, it makes us ponder a possibility of having a fruitful conversation between scholars dealing with those different design histories. It echoes an important question raised by Penny Sparke in her review of a recent conference in Paris and published on the blog earlier this year: Where is the History of Design Going?

Now available online: Volume 29, Number 4
News
Now available online: Volume 29, Number 4

28 December 2016

Volume 29 Issue 4 November 2016 http://jdh.oxfordjournals.org/...

DHS Blog

Check out our blog to see reports on the Society's activities.

More details >
News
Two new graphic design faculty positions at the University of Florida

28 December 2016

The University of Florida’s School of Art + Art History (SA+AH) seeks two new tenure-track faculty members in...

News
University of Florida, School of Art and Art History: seeks two faculty members (full-time and tenure track) in graphic design.

28 December 2016

The University of Florida’s School of Art + Art History (SA+AH) seeks two new tenure-track faculty members in...

News
Job Vacancy: RCA ​Head of Postgraduate Programme

20 December 2016

Head of Postgraduate Programme We are looking for a new Head of Postgraduate Programme for ’The History of...