This strand of research of the Centre for Design History Research draws on a longstanding strength in visual communications scholarship at the University of Brighton. Harnessing a range of analytical methodologies, our research focusses on developing new perspectives on the history and contemporary significance of graphic objects as an often-overlooked part of social, cultural and political life. An emphasis is on how graphic design across diverse media, from print and the digital to the environmental, intersects socially and spatially with the urban experience and the identity politics of various communities.
Strand leaders Professor Jeremy Aynsley and Professor Paul Jobling bring senior experience to a strand that includes all levels of career experience among its researchers. Research is presented through curatorial practice as well as written texts, and the centre’s academics have been responsible for curating internationally. In 2017, Aynsley was guest curator of the exhibition and author of the accompanying book, Julius Klinger. Posters for a Modern Age at the Wolfsonian Florida International University, Miami Beach. Dr Annebella Pollen was guest curator of the exhibition, Intellectual Barbarians: the Kibbo Kift Kindred at the Whitechapel Gallery, London and the accompanying book (published by Donlon Books in 2016) was awarded a prize in The Most Beautiful Swiss Books from the Federal Office of Culture.