An authority in twentieth-century design, Professor Jeremy Aynsley leads the Research Cluster Internationalising Design History at the University of Brighton. He is also Chair of the Design History Society.
Jeremy is especially interested in the phenomenon of design within Modernism and its migration, avant-garde and commercial visual languages in graphic design, and the education and professionalisation of the designer.
As well as his major academic publications, Jeremy's expertise as a design historian has led to the curation of design exhibitions and research leadership with prestigious institutions including the V&A and the Royal College of Art, the Wolfsonian, Florida International University and Parsons, the New School for Design, New York.
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. He has also contributed to several exhibitions. 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. The latter subsequently travelled to the Bard Center for Graduate Studies, New York; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; and Boston College of Arts. 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.
Jeremy Aynsley has been member of a number of external advisory boards including the AHRC Peer Review College (2005-2013). He is on the editorial advisory boards of Material Culture Review (2006–), Design History Japan (2004–) and Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture (2010–). He has also acted as a specialist subject consultant for a number of projects, most recently at the Bauhaus Museum, Weimar (2013-); Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (2008–11) and the Wolfsonian, Florida International University (2005–6). He has been external examiner on a number of BA and MA courses and frequently examines PhDs at several universities in the UK and internationally. He is regularly asked to provide expert references by universities internationally and to act as a reader for publishers.
The recipient of several major research grant awards, Jeremy was Director of the AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior (RCA, V&A Museum and Royal Holloway University of London) from 2001 to 2006 and Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded research project The Viennese Café and fin-de-siècle culture from 2006 to 2009 (RCA, and Birkbeck University of London). He has taught numerous MA students on the V&A/RCA programme in History of Design, and has overseen the successful completion of over thirteen PhD and four MPhil studentships.
Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Sussex (BA, MA) and the Royal College of Art (PhD). He joined the University of Brighton as Professor of Design History in January 2014. 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
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]
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