A Professor of Design History, Jeremy Aynsley researches in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century design in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on design in modern Germany.
He is Director of the Centre for Design History. His publications include Graphic Design in Germany, 1890-1945 (2000) and Designing Modern Germany (2008) and he welcomes approaches for PhD supervision in relevant approaches to design history and theory.
Professor Jeremy Aynsley joined the University of Brighton as Professor of Design History in January 2014, as a member of the School of Humanities.
He is Director of the Centre for Design History, one of the university’s thirteen Centres for Research and Enterprise Excellence formed in 2017.
Before taking up the appointment, Jeremy Aynsley was Professor of History of Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA), where he was also Director of Research since 2009. He was responsible for the College’s strategic development of research including the submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Jeremy Aynsley’s research interests concern late-nineteenth and twentieth-century design in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on design in modern Germany. He is especially interested in the phenomenon of the migration of Modernism, avant-garde and commercial visual languages in graphic design, as well as the education and professionalisation of the designer. A further research specialism is in the history of the domestic interior and its representation through publication and exhibition.
Jeremy Aynsley writes and lectures on twentieth-century design and culture. Publications include Graphic Design in Germany, 1890-1945 (2000) and Designing Modern Germany (2008). He has also contributed to several exhibitions. Most recently, he was guest curator of Julius Klinger: posters for a modern age at the Wolfsonian, Florida International University in autumn 2017. He was curator of Signs of Art and Commerce: German graphic design 1890–1945 in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1997 and co-curator with Marianne Lamonaca of Print, Power and Persuasion: Graphic Design in Germany 1890–1945 at the Wolfsonian, Florida International University in 2001. In 2009-11, he contributed to the exhibition and publication California Design, 1930–1965: ‘Living in a Modern Way’, a project led by Wendy Kaplan of the Department of Design and Decorative Arts at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Professor Aynsley is a graduate of the University of Sussex (BA, MA) and the Royal College of Art (PhD).
I welcome approaches for supervision towards a research degree. My interests span Design History, Modernism, Graphic Design, German Design and Transnational design histories. My expertise is particularly relevant in the following university PhD programme application areas: Architecture and Design and History of Art and Design.
Current PhD supervision (University of Brighton):
Current External Supervision
Conferred PhD students:
University of Brighton
Royal College of Art
Conferred MPhil students:
Royal College of Art
Royal College of Art
External PhD student supervision:
Aynsley, Jeremy (2017) Julius Klinger: posters for a modern age The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach, USA. ISBN 9780996869935
Aynsley, Jeremy (2017) Bauhaus Houses and the Design Canon: 1923-2019 In: From De Stijl to Dutch design: canonising design 2.0, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 9 December 2016.
Aynsley, Jeremy (2016) The cultural representation of graphic design in East and West Germany, 1949 to 1970 In: Sparke, P. and Fisher, F., eds. The Routledge Companion to Design Studies. Routledge, London, pp. 242-265. ISBN 9781138780507
Aynsley, Jeremy (2015) The new typography as commercial sign in Weimar Germany In: Kurc-Maj, P. and Muzyczuk, D., eds. A machine for communicating. Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland, pp. 369-408. ISBN 9788363820381
Aynsley, Jeremy and Atkinson, Harriet (2009) The Banham lectures essays on designing the future [Edited Collections]
Further selected outputs
Designing Modern Germany, Reaktion Books, 2009
A Century of Graphic Design, Mitchell Beazley, 2001
Graphic Design in Germany 1890–1945, Thames & Hudson, 2000
Nationalism and Internationalism in Design in the 20th Century, V&A, 1994
Essays and Chapters
‘Allemagne-Suisse’ in L’Art du design, ed. Dominique Forest, Citadelles et Mazenod, 2013
‘Graphic and Interior Design in the Viennese coffeehouse around 1900: Experience and Identity’ in C. Ashby, T. Gronberg and S. Shaw-Miller, eds, Vienna Café, Berghahn, 2013
‘Developing a Language of Vision: Graphic Design in California, 1930-65’ in W. Kaplan, ed. California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” at Los Angeles Country Museum, LA and MIT Press, 2011, pp 263-288
‘Goodbye Lenin! Wolfgang Becker (2003)’ in Design and Culture Vol.1 no 2, July 2009, pp 189-192
‘Pochoir Prints: publishing the designed interior’ in Sarah Schleuning, Moderne, fashioning the modern interior, Princeton Architectural Press, 2007
‘Foreword’ in Hans Schleger – a life of design, V&A Museum, London, 2007
‘Fashioning Graphics in the 1920s: typefaces, magazines and fashion’ in eds. J. Aynsley and K. Forde, Design and the Modern Magazine, 1890-1930, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2007, pp. 37-55
‘Displaying Designs for the Domestic Interior in Europe and America, 1850-1950’ in eds. J. Aynsley and C. Grant, Imagined Interiors, representing the domestic interior since the Renaissance, V&A Publications, London, 2006 pp. 190-215
‘The Modern Period Room, a contradiction in terms?’ in eds. T. Keeble, B, Martin and P. Sparke, The Modern Period Room, Routledge, London, 2006 pp. 8-30
‘Graphic Change: Design Change: magazines for the domestic interior, 1890-1930’, in Journal of Design History, Vol.19 no.1, Oxford 2005 pp. 43-60
‘Art Deco Graphic Design and Typography’ in eds. C. Benton, T. Benton and G. Wood, in Art Deco 1910-1939, V&A Publications, London, 2003 pp. 296-303
‘Modern Commercial Typography 1936: an archive of jobbing printing at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in ed. C. Wilk, The Decorative Arts Society 1850 to present, Journal number 17, 1995
‘Pressa Cologne, 1928: exhibitions and publication design in the Weimar period’ in Design Issues, Vol.10, no.3, Autumn 1994, pp52-76
‘Gebrauchsgraphik as an early graphic design journal, 1924-1939, in Journal of Design History, Vol.5 no.1, 1992 pp. 53-72
‘Fifty Years of Penguin Design’, in Fifty Penguin Years, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1985, pp. 105-134
‘Graphic Design’ in ed. Hazel Conway, Design History, a student’s handbook, Unwin Hyman, London, 1987, pp.134-161, reprinted in Sara De Bondt and Graphic Design: History in the Writing, Occasional Papers, London, 2013