Representing the Graphic Design Profession on the world stage: a history of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations, 1963-2013.
In the last decades, design history has shifted from a history of objects and designers towards a history that includes wider social and political contexts of design. Design historians have focussed on constructing a world history of design. Researching an international organisation of design such as the International Council of Graphic Design Association (Icograda) offers an opportunity for such an endeavour.
This research project focuses on Icograda and, in particular, on its relation with Latin America. Through detailed archival research and oral history methodologies, it aims to give an historical account of Icograda and to examine the strategies and challenges encountered in the Council’s efforts to define and disseminate graphic design on a global level.
What was Icograda’s role in the internationalisation of graphic design and visual communication?
What was Icograda’s discourse regarding the internationalisation of graphic design and visual communication and how has it changed throughout the years? Which main aspects of internationalisation were addressed by the organisation?
What relationship has Icograda developed with Latin American Graphic Design Associations?
University of Brighton funding. A project of the Internationalising Design History Research Cluster with the University of Brighton Design Archives.