Symposium, show, publication: 2015


This summer, the History of Design class of 2015 will be putting on two events and releasing another edition of the annual V&A/RCA HoD publication. These productions will represent nearly 30 graduates’ two-year exploration of design history. Ranging from 1920s cocktail shakers to the power of early modern jewels to contemporary design in Shanghai, the topics looked at by this year’s graduates demonstrate the breadth of the discipline, and their desire to challenge and push research in new directions.


This page will outline what to expect from these three productions, and trace the students’ developments and provide updates as they as synthesize the vast research done by all into a summery of Design History Now.



The Publication: In this journal, each student consolidates 30,000 words and a year of research into about a 250-word paragraph. This is combined with some essays from scholars within the design history field. The journal aims to reflect new developments and directions of the discipline. To be published early June.


Symposium: This is an attempt to put the vastly different themes explored by our year into conversation with each other. Contemporary food design meets seventeenth century urban planning. We’ll see what happens. July 1 2015.


The RCA Show: The History of Design students are allocated a space in the end of year RCA graduate show. Alongside pioneering product design and unrecognisable materials is a stand filled with objects and thoughts that represent the place of designed things in our contemporary world and world history.



Watch this space for more updates!!

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