Thinking about doctoral study in an area related to Design Archives’ resources or staff expertise? We welcome enquiries about joining the distinctive student cohort currently supervised by Design Archives’ academics whose unique approach integrates design and art historical scholarship, archival and curatorial practice, and professional engagement. In 2010 and 2011 the Design Archives won two AHRC doctoral collaborative awards with the Chartered Society of Designers and the Design Museum. The rich seams of design resources available to inspire cross-disciplinary research relate to a wide range of topics:
International and national design organsiations and the representation of the professions; museum and exhibition display; design practice and collaborative design processes; émigré designers and designer networks; communication design; design education, criticism and journalism; archives in contemporary culture; design curatorship; design and business history; archives and the digital humanities.
Leah Armstrong - Designing a Profession: The Structure, Image and Identity of the Design Profession in Britain, 1930-2010
Tom Wilson - Design Strategies and the Representation of the Commonwealth: From Institute to Museum
Jane Shepard - Discourses in Design Education: perspectives on design and the secondary school curriculum, 1988-2012
Jonathan Brown - The retailing, promotion and reception of modern Scandinavian furnishings, 1955-1975, in ten British locations
Liz Bruchet - Archives and Curatorial Practices: Mapping their Entanglements
Louise Dennis - A Matter of Material: Plastics in museums in the 21st century
Tania Messell - Promoting Industrial Design on the World Stage: The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, 1957-1980
Dora Souza Dias - Representing the graphic design profession on the world stage: a history of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations
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